NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Safely Returns to Earth

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins rising from the Soyuz spacecraft shortly after touchdown in Kazakhstan on Saturday, April 17. NASA

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts have safely returned to Earth after a six-month keep aboard the Worldwide Area Station (ISS).

Rubins, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov returned aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, touchdown in Kazakhstan shortly earlier than 1 a.m. ET (11 a.m. Kazakhstan time) on Saturday, April 17.

Welcome residence! At 12:55am ET (4:55 UT), after 185 days in area, Kate Rubins of @NASA_Astronauts and Sergey Ryzhikov & Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of @Roscosmos touched down of their Soyuz spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan. pic.twitter.com/cOVT9M9Tmf

— NASA (@NASA) April 17, 2021

All three had been rapidly extracted from the spacecraft and at the moment are present process routine well being checks.

????‍???? Astronaut Kate Rubins is all "excessive fives and smiles" as she takes her first breath of recent Earth air in 185 days. Aboard the @Space_Station, Rubins performed tons of of hours of @ISS_Research, together with advancing her work in DNA sequencing. pic.twitter.com/dAAq7Yx3WT

— NASA (@NASA) April 17, 2021

Throughout her time aboard the area station, Rubins took half in two spacewalks, voted within the U.S. presidential election, and labored on a variety of experiments.

The three astronauts skilled 2,960 orbits of Earth and traveled a complete of 78.4 million miles throughout their half-year mission.

This was Rubins’ second spaceflight, with 300 cumulative days spent in area. Ryzhikov has now accomplished his second spaceflight, with 358 cumulative days, whereas Kud-Sverchkov has completed his first spaceflight.

The departure of Soyuz from the ISS on Friday marked the the formal begin of Expedition 65 aboard the station. The present inhabitants of the orbiting outpost are NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, and Mark Vande Hei, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.

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