West Orange, New Jersey native Scott Kelly is scheduled to return to earth tonight at 11:25 p.m. (EST) in Kazakhstan. Kelly’s 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station is the longest for an American astronaut by 125 days.
Kelly along with two Russians cosmonauts will return tonight aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. As it plunges towards earth it will be slowed by a series of parachutes and finally one second before touchdown two sets of three small engines on the bottom of the craft will fire providing a soft landing.
The PBS documentary A Year In Space, which chronicles Kelly’s time on the space station, will air on WHYY-TV on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Watch live coverage of tonight’s landing on NASA TV, which is shown below. NASA TV will begin live coverage at 4:15 p.m. as the crew enters the Soyuz spacecraft and closes the hatches. The trio will undock at 8:02 p.m. EST today and again is expected to land at 11:25 p.m. (EST).