ISS astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

Luca Parmitano Nick Hague posing for the camera For the past week the International Space Station has hosted a nine-member crew. Back row left to right Christina Koch Alexey Ovchinin Alexander Skvortsov Oleg Skripochka Jessica Meir. Front row

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague, Crewmates Return Safely from International Space Station

Hague completed his second trip to space and landed in Kazakhstan along with Soyuz commander Alexey Ovchinin from Russian Federation and United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori.

Almansoori, the first space traveler from the UAE, arrived at the ISS on September 25 for a short-term visit.

A multinational team of three astronauts on board Russia's Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft safely returned to Earth on Thursday, after completing their mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

She'll return to Earth in a different Soyuz next February, and her anticipated 328 days in orbit is due to set a women's record for continuous time in space. That's a significant boost from the typical crew of six, but with the return of Hague, Ovchinin, and Ali Almansoori, the remaining ISS inhabitants can now dive into their work on Expedition 61.

Hague's first two spacewalks in March continued the overall upgrade of the station's power system with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries on one pair of the station's solar arrays. Hague conducted three spacewalks during his mission and Ovchinin conducted one spacewalk.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were also making the return trip to Earth after extended stays aboard the station. Hague and Ovchinin flew together on an abbreviated mission in October 2018, cut short by a technical problem that triggered an ascent abort minutes after launch and a safe landing back on Earth.

Mr al-Mansoori, the first of two men chosen by the United Arab Emirates to fly to the space station, is coming back after an eight-day mission while space veteran Mr Ovchinin and Mr Hague, who was on his maiden flight, are coming back after spending six months at the station.

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