Soyuz Team Reaches Earth Safely from ISS

Russian Mission Control said a Russian cosmonaut and two NASA astronauts move toward securely back to Earth from the International Space Station in a Soyuz capsule.

Fyodor Yurchikhin, Soyuz commander and Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker, astronauts landed at 4:47 GMT close to Arkalyk in the prairie land of Kazakhstan. Since June 18, they have been on the ISS.


Russian Mission Control said in a statement that “Decreasing from orbit and landing operations were accepted out as intended. The cosmonauts are in good condition.”

Yurchikhin said over recording of the Soyuz floating away from the station, “So long, guys, we are going home!”

Four hours shortly the first television information demonstrates the three team members sitting close to the landing location enclosed in blankets and smiling.

NASA said in a press release that in the route of their task, the team members worked on microgravity experiments in different fields, and had to perform three unexpected spacewalks to patch up the station’s exterior cooling method after an urgent situation blackout.

NASA’s Scott Kelly, who remains on the station, wrote on Twitter, the team like a Thanksgiving dinner of “rehydrateable turkey and dressing” the night prior to the journey.

Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka are also remaining on the ISS.

They are to be connected by Russia’s Dmitry Kondratyev, Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, and NASA’s Catherine Coleman, who will open from Baikonur on December 15.