MOSCOW — Three astronauts returned to Earth Thursday after greater than six months aboard the Worldwide House Station.
A Russian Soyuz capsule with NASA’s Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian Sergey Prokopyev and German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European House Company landed on the snow-covered steppes in Kazakhstan, about 87 miles southeast of town of Dzhezkazgan. They touched down a minute forward of schedule at 11:02 a.m. native time (12:02 a.m. EST).
The crew radioed that they had been feeling fantastic. Russian rescue groups in helicopters and all-terrain automobiles rushed to the touchdown website to extract the astronauts from the capsule charred by a fiery trip by way of ambiance.
The trio has spent 197 days in area. It was the primary mission for Aunon-Chancellor and Prokopyev, whereas Gerst flew his second to a complete of 362 days in orbit, setting the ESA’s flight length file.
The rescue crews helped the crew of their balky area fits depart the capsule and performed an preliminary medical examination. The astronauts might be taken to Dzhezkazgan for a quick welcome ceremony earlier than being flown to their respective nations for extra thorough check-ups.
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Russian Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian House Company, who’ve arrived on the station earlier this month, are set to stay in orbit till June.