Two Russian Cosmonauts and a NASA Astronaut safely land on Earth after Six Months
Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut have returned after spending more than six months in space. They were sent to the international space station on March 26.
Travelling on a Russian Soyuz capsule, former station commander Steve Swanson and Cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev safely landed in southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, at 8:23 a.m. on Thursday (10:23pm EDT Wednesday).
After reaching back safely, all the three showed thumbs up signs and waved their hands, reported NASA. The agency further stated that the trio orbited the earth more than 2,700 times and they travelled a distance of more than 71.7 million miles.
NASA, said, “One of several key research focus areas during Expedition 40 was human health management for long duration space travel as NASA and Roscosmos prepare for two crew members to spend one year aboard the orbiting laboratory in 2015”.
Currently, International Space Station (ISS) is commanded by Max Suraev of Russia along with his crew members Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency.
Sources said that present members at the ISS will be soon accompanied by three new crew members including Barry Wilmore of NASA; Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Roscosmos. They will be sent to the International Space Station on September 25.
Elena Serova will become the fourth Russian woman to travel to space and the first one to serve on the International Space Station. The last Russian woman to fly in space was Yelena Kondakova, who was among the NASA’s space shuttle crew in May 1997.
Swanson said they have enjoyed a lot at ISS and did lot of maintenance work at the space station. Two other Russian cosmonauts also performed a number of science experiments, upgraded the station’s prototype humanoid robot and repaired broken equipment.
During an in-flight interview, the new station commander Max Suraev said that getting three new members included in the crew will be lots of fun.
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