Soyuz Crew Returns to Earth After 197Day Mission in Space

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend After a memorable 197-day mission in space, three Expedition 57 crew members have returned to Earth.NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, and her crewmates, Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), and Soyuz Commander Sergey Prokopyev, safely landed in Kazakhstan at 12:02 a.m. EST on Thursday, NASA announced in a press release.On June 6, the Expedition 57 crew left Earth to complete their six-month mission. Over the past 197 days, the Expedition 57 crew has circled the globe 3,152 times and covered 83.3 million miles.At the International Space Station, the Expedition 57 crew contributed to many biology, biotechnology, and physical science experiments. Research highlights included investigations into new cancer treatment methods and algae growth in space. The Expedition 57 crew also installed a new Life Sciences Glovebox, a sealed work area for technology and life science investigations.Three @Space_Station crew members returned to Earth Thursday, safely landing at 12:02am ET in Kazakhstan. Over 197 days, they circled the globe 3,152 times, covering 83.3 million miles and completing hundreds of @ISS_Research experiments. Learn more: https://t.co/3h2k8N6XPR pic.twitter.com/IjYIVTlJg2— NASA (@NASA) December 20, 2018The Expedition 57 crew also achieved personal milestones. Auñón-Chancellor and Prokopyev accomplished their first flights, while Gerst, who had a total 362 days in orbit, now holds the flight duration record for ESA astronauts. Plus, Auñón-Chancellor was joined by NASA astronaut Anne McClain during the last 16 days of the Expedition 57 mission, marking the first time two female U.S. astronauts were on a mission together.When the Soyuz rocket undocked at 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Expedition 58 began at the International Space Station. The Expedition 58 crew, including David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, Oleg Kononeko of Roscosmos, and McClain, will begin their ISS research aboard the orbiting laboratory.On February 28, 2019, Expedition 59 astronauts, including Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, will join the Expedition 58 crew at the International Space Station.More on Geek.com:First Crewed Soyuz Rocket Goes to Space After Aborted MissionCan 8-Hour Forensic Spacewalk Solve Galactic Whodunit? Boots That Almost Went to the Moon Goes Up for Auctionlast_img

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