After a long six months stay at the International Space Station (ISS), one American and two Russian cosmonauts are safe back to earth. On Monday early morning, the US and two Russian astronauts safely made a parachute landing in central Kazakhstan – winding up a nearly six-month mission on board the International Space Station, whose live footage were broadcasted by NASA TV.
Shane Kimbrough, an astronaut from NASA, accompanied by two astronauts from the Russian space agency Roscosmos – Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, atop the earthbound Soyuz MS-02, made a safe landing on Monday. Live video footage from the landing site Kazakhstan of broadcasted by NASA TV showed the trio smiling in the spring sunshine, greeting and shaking hands with the recovery team and talking on mobile telephones, after touching down the earth.
Following a 173-day of stay in ISS, the astronauts Soyuz abroad MS-02 capsule, left the space station just before 4 am EDT (0800 GMT), and touched down the south-east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, sharp at 7:20 am EDT (1120 GMT), 10th April 2017. The trio took off towards the ISS jointly in October 2016, and only Ryzhikov has accomplished the first mission.
Three crew astronauts hanged about aboard the International Space Station- the $100 billion celestial research laboratory that is taking wings nearly 250 miles (400 km) above Earth for about 173 days, after blasting off from the earth in October. NASA’s Shane Kimbrough was the chief commander of the space station, but before his departure, he handed over the responsibility to the onboard Peggy Whitson, female astronomer from NASA, who is on the verge of creating a record for spending 534 days – the most time spent in space by a US astronaut. On 24 April, Peggy Whitson will break the record of Jeff Williams, who spent a total of 534 days in the space.
Earlier, Whitson was also scheduled to come back to earth with the trio of astronauts, onboard MS-02 capsule. But last week, NASA and Russian space agency sanctioned a new treaty and extended Whitson’s stay at ISS by three more months.