Soyuz commander Oleg Kononenko alongside crew mates Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui landed their car within the distant steppe of Kazakhstan at round 1:12 p.m. GMT.
|Lindgren tweeted: “All loaded up! Farewell to our Exp 45 crew mates
and the magnificent Worldwide House Station! Hi there Earth!”
credit score: NASA
Expedition 45 flight engineer Sergey Volkov, who stays aboard the station with One Yr Crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko had time to want the departing crew one ultimate goodbye shortly after undocking; “Do not miss us too much- we’ll see you in March.”
The Soyuz TMA-17M crew have been dwelling aboard the orbiting laboratory since July and have performed a whole bunch of scientific experiments throughout a variety of scientific fields together with physics, Earth commentary and human physiology experiments. Three Further-Vehicular Actions(spacewalks) have been additionally performed throughout Expedition 44/45 to keep up the station.
The spacecraft landed in a flurry of snow storms in darkness which marked solely the sixth night time touchdown of a Soyuz car getting back from the Worldwide House Station, and the primary of such landings to happen after sundown. The crew have been extracted one after the other from the car by Russian search and restoration forces on the touchdown website and instantly flown to the distant city of Dzhezkazgan for major medical testing and a welcoming ceremony.
Kononenko will board a Gagarin Cosmonaut Coaching Middle airplane for a flight again to Star Metropolis to be reunited together with his household. Lindgren and Yui will board a NASA airplane for a flight again to Houston.
This afternoon’s touchdown concludes the third lengthy length area flight for Kononenko who has now logged a complete of 533 days in area. NASA astronaut Lindgren and JAXA astronaut Yui, each getting back from their first area flight, log 141 days in area.
Within the meantime, station commander Scott Kelly together with Russian flight engineers Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov will stay aboard the station till March 2 2016. Kelly and Kornienko have been dwelling aboard the ISS since March of this yr and are the primary station crew members to take part in a year-long mission dwelling and dealing aboard the laboratory.
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