Astronauts Return Safely After 5 Month Space Mission

Italian, Russian and US astronauts from the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan this morning (Dec 14th) after a five-month mission. 

Randy Bresnik from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sergey Ryazanskiy from Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Paolo Nespoli from the European Space Agency landed in the windswept and snow-covered steppe in Kazakhstan’s central Karaganda region at 08.37 (GMT). 

Ryazanskiy was the first to emerge from the capsule’s hatch, assisted by rescue workers. 

The trio’s departure has reduced to just three the crew of the ISS, a $100 billion lab that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth. 

On Dec 17th, NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishege Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome, also in Kazakhstan, to join the ISS crew.

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