Watch Tim Peake's return to Earth

Follow the UK astronaut's return journey home via our live stream, courtesy of ESA.

Published: July 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

British astronaut Tim Peake is due to depart the International Space Station for his return journey back to Earth on Saturday 18 July, along with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Soyuz spacecraft commander Yuri Malenchenko.


Peake, Malenchenko and Kopra will enter their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft, close the hatch to the Space Station and begin their journey back home, where they will be landing in Kazakhstan.

Peake will have spent 186 days in total on board the ISS, carrying out research as part of his Principia mission.

You can follow the return journey back to Earth via this live stream, courtesy of ESA.

The broadcast times are as follows:

02:00 GMT (03:00 BST) - Farewells and hatch closing

05:30 GMT (06:30 BST) - Undocking

09:00 GMT (11:00 BST) - Reentry and landing

Below are the expected timings for the various stages of the journey:


06:51 BST - Undocking command

06:52 BST - Separation

06:55 BST - Thruster firing

09:22 BST - Large deorbit burn for four minutes

09:49 BST - Module separation 139 km above Earth

10:00 BST - Parachute opens 10 km above Earth

10:14 BST - Retrorockets fire an instant before touchdown

For live updates on the astronauts' return journey home, follow @esaoperations on Twitter.

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