Spokane-raised NASA astronaut Anne McClain returns to Earth on Monday

Spokane-raised NASA astronaut Anne McClain returns to Earth on Monday
At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 56 backup crew member Anne McClain of NASA listens to a reporter’s question May 10 following her final Soyuz qualification May 10. McClain, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency are the backups to the prime crew of Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, who will launch June 6 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Elizabeth Weissinger

Anne McClain will have accumulated 204 days on the International Space Station when she completes her mission on Monday.

L-5: Throwback to April’s spacewalks. Step outside the @Space_Station with me…. pic.twitter.com/vPVujwNMRZ

— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) June 19, 2019

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, McClain is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, serving in over 216 combat mission as part of operation Iraqi freedom. In June of 2013, NASA selected McClain as part of Astronaut Group 21 upon her graduation from Naval Test Pilot School.

On December 3rd 2018, McClain successfully launched aboard Soyuz MS-11 to the ISS. She performed her first spacewalk on March 22nd with Nick Hague.

McClain was set to make history in late march with Christina Koch, performing the first all-female space walk, but spacesuit sizing issues resulted in the extravehicular activity being reassigned to Hague and Koch. McClain conducted a second Spacewalk with David Saint-Jacques on April 8th.

McClain has logged a total of 13 hours and 9 minutes of extravehicular activity, which is any activity outside of a spacecraft beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

You can watch McClain and Saint-Jacques return to Earth on Monday on NASA TV’s livestreams.
Livestreams begin at 12:30 p.m. For farewells and hatch closure. Undocking from the ISS is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., the deorbit burn of the Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled at 6:55 p.m., and the landing is expected at 7:48 p.m. near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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