Astronauts float back to earth after 6 months on space station

Astronauts float back to earth after 6 months on space station

Born in Saint-Lambert, having been on the ISS 204 days, he set the record for the longest single space flight among the representatives of Canada.

Live footage from the landing site broadcast on Nasa television showed the three sitting in chairs smiling as they were attended to by staff ahead of a journey back to Moscow for Kononenko and Houston for McClain and Saint-Jacques.

Two of the astronauts had completed their maiden flights: Anne McClain of the United States and Saint-Jacques.

McClain, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and native of Spokane, Washington, conducted two spacewalks totaling 13 hours and 8 minutes on her mission into space.

For now, the space station is occupied by only Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA, who will serve as flight engineers, and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, the new station commander. Weekend Saint-Jacques tweeted that the ship is functioning perfectly, despite the 6-month inactivity.

Saint-Jacques, who has a wife and three small children, had previously reported that looking forward to meeting with his family again.

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When the crew established contact with the search-and-recovery forces right before landing they said they were doing well. The capsule, which was slowed by breaking thrusters and lowered by a parachute, landed in Kazakhstan at 10:47 p.m. EST, said a NASA press release. There was an initial medical check after which they will be flown to their home bases. On Twitter she wrote: "We are so pleased that you returned safely".

The space station's population will double in a month.

Italian-American multi-millionaire Dennis Tito, left, was the first space tourist, paying Russian Federation around $20 million for his eight-day trip to the ISS.

He told reporters that he knows about the physical challenges that await him after six months in weightlessness, which include circulation problems, muscular aches and pains and become more than a long spine, which will return to its normal state. It could mean trouble walking and moving around for a while.

The trio - Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, astronaut David Saint-Jacques of Canada, and NASA's Anne McClain - spent over 200 days in space, but it took just a few hours for them to make the trip back to solid ground.

The agency said Mr. Saint-Jacques is in good health despite suffering the effects of a 400-kilometre drop to Earth. That group is expected to launch on July 20.

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