| CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts manufactured a parachute landing in Kazakhstan on Monday, wrapping up a nearly six-thirty day period mission aboard the Intercontinental Area Station, a NASA Tv broadcast showed.
The Russian Soyuz capsule, which still left the station soon right before 4 a.m. EDT, touched down southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, at 7:20 a.m. EDT.
Seated in the capsule have been returning station commander Shane Kimbrough of the National Aeronautics and Area Administration and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko from Russian place company Roscosmos.
“It truly is truly neat to be element of something this big, something bigger than ourselves … even bigger than a nation,” Kimbrough claimed for the duration of a transform-of-command ceremony on Sunday. “We get the capability up below to interact with things that essentially gain all of humanity. It truly is truly humbling.”
A few crew members keep on being aboard the station, a $a hundred billion study laboratory that flies about 250 miles (four hundred km) higher than Earth. In command is NASA’s Peggy Whitson, who on April 24 will split the 534-day history for the most time invested in place by a U.S. astronaut.
Whitson, a veteran of two preceding missions on the station, is the very first girl to maintain the submit of commander two times.
Whitson, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and France’s Thomas Pesque will be joined by two new crew members on April 20.
The U.S. and Russian place companies agreed previous week to prolong Whitson’s mission by three months.
Russia is lowering its station cadre to two from three members right until its new science laboratory launches to the place station upcoming calendar year, the head of Roscosmos claimed previous week at the U.S. Area Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Whitson will return to Earth in September, getting amassed a job U.S. history of 666 days in orbit. Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who has 878 days in orbit, is the world’s most knowledgeable place flier.
(This story experienced been refiled to appropriate paragraph 7 and eight to clearly show Whitson, Novitskiy and Pesque will be joined by two new crew members.)
(Reporting by Irene Klotz Editing by Daniel Wallis and Lisa Von Ahn)