Three Space Station Astronauts Safely Return To Earth – I4U News

Two NASA astronauts along with a Russian cosmonaut safely returned to Earth after spending more than five months aboard International Space Station.

The landing was completed as planned as the three-man crew touched down on the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan at the expected time of 9:31 p.m. EST on Wednesday.

“All descent and landing operations went according to plan. The crew members that have returned to Earth are feeling well.” Russian space agency ROSCOSMOS said in a statement.

NASA’s Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei and Russia’s Alexander Misurkin were carried by a Soyuz module that separated from the space station at 6:08 p.m. It took them around three and half hours to land on Earth.

The photographs showed medical staff helping the trio out of the module and wrapping them in thick blankets as they were smiling and enjoying their safe return.

The 40-year old Alexander Misurkin served as the station commander for ISS. He alongside Vande Hei and Joe Acaba arrived at International Space Station on September 12, 2017. The trio conducted important scientific research while working aboard the world’s only orbiting laboratory.

With landing, Misurkin is now at 334 day mark for the total time in space. Acaba logged 306 days off the planet over three separate trips to space while Vande Hei completed his first space mission.

The departure of Vande Hei, Acaba and Misurkin leaves the station’s crew to three. Remaining ISS crew members Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will soon be joined by Americans Ricky Arnold and Andrew Feustel and Russian Oleg Artemyev following a launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan later this month.

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