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After 141 Days Three Astronauts Return to Earth

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A crew of three astronauts landed safely back on Earth after spending nearly six months on the International Space Station.

Image Scott Kelly via Twitter/NASA
Image Scott Kelly via Twitter/NASA

What the actual story is?

According to NASA, NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui touched down shortly after 8 a.m. While aboard the station, Lindgren participated in two spacewalks with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, to perform maintenance work on the station and to prepare it for the arrival of commercial crew vehicles sometime in 2017. As they adjust to gravity after their stay in space, Russian recovery teams will help the crew exit the Soyuz vehicle and load them into waiting helicopters for return flights home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, northeast of Moscow.

Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft undocks carrying crew members. Image via Credit: @StationCDRKelly
Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft undocks carrying crew members. Image via Credit: @StationCDRKelly

The Expedition 46 crew members remaining aboard to continue research and maintenance.