A trio of house travellers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station.
The Soyuz MS-16 capsule carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan at 7:54 a.m. native time Thursday. After a short medical checkup, the three might be taken by helicopters to Dzhezkazgan from the place they’ll depart house.
The crew smiled as they talked to masked members of the restoration workforce, and NASA and Roscosmos reported that they had been in good situation.
As a part of extra precautions due to the coronavirus, the rescue workforce members assembly the crew had been examined for the virus and the variety of individuals concerned within the restoration effort was restricted.
Cassidy, Ivanishin and Vagner spent 196 days in orbit since arriving on the station on April 9.
NASA’s Kate Rubins and Roscosmos’ Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov arrived on the orbiting outpost per week in the past for a six-month keep.
Before the crew’s departure, Russian cosmonauts had been ready to briefly seal the air leak they tried to find for a number of months. The small leak has posed no quick hazard to the station’s crew, and Roscosmos engineers have been engaged on a everlasting seal.
In November, Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov are anticipated to greet NASA’s SpaceX first operational Crew Dragon mission comprising NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi. It follows a profitable Demo-2 mission earlier this 12 months.