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Update on NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Return to Houston


Update, March 3, 1:25 a.m. EST: Scott Kelly’s plane is expected to land no earlier than 2:30 a.m. EST. NASA TV coverage will begin approximately 15 minutes earlier.

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA rests in a chair outside of the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft just minutes after he and cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan late Tuesday, March 1 EST. Kelly and Kornienko completed a record year-long International Space Station mission to collect valuable data on the effects of long duration weightlessness on the human body that will be used to formulate a human mission to Mars.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly now is expected to return to Houston at about 12:55 a.m. EST Thursday (11:55 p.m. CST Wednesday, March 2), based on the current transportation plan. NASA Television will broadcast Kelly’s arrival back on U.S. soil after an agency record-setting stay in space aboard the International Space Station. Coverage begins at 12:40 a.m.

Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John P. Holdren, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Kelly’s identical twin brother and former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly will be in Houston to welcome Kelly home. The event will be pooled press only.

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