NASA reports that astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian colleague Mikhail Kornienko have returned to Earth on Tuesday night, after a historic 340-day mission at the International Space Station. The space travellers touched down in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST.
Joining their arrival trip on board a Soyuz TMA-18M rocket was Sergey Volkov, likewise of the Russian space organization Roscosmos, who landed on the station Sept. 4, 2015. The group was landed at southeast remote town of Dzhezkazgan.
“Scott Kelly’s one-year mission on the International Space Station has propelled profound space investigation and America’s Journey to Mars,” said NASA’s Charles Bolden. “Scott has turned into the main American space explorer to put in a year in space, and in this manner, offered us some assistance with taking one monster jump toward placing boots on Mars.”
Journey 47 continues working on the station, with NASA space traveller Tim Kopra chief of command. Kopra, ESA’s Tim Peake and Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos will work control the station until the landing of three new group members in around two weeks. NASA space explorer Jeff Williams & Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka are booked to dispatch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on March 18.
The International Space Station is a union of science, innovation and human development that empowers us to show new tools and make research leaps forward unrealistic on Earth. It has been persistently involved since November 2000 and, from that point forward, has been gone by more than 200 individuals and an assortment of universal and business rocket. The space station still on the springboard to NASA’s next big jump in search, including future assignments to a space rock and Mars.