Friday, May 24, 2024

U.S., Russian space travellers return to Earth together

Nasa astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov shared a capsule on their flight back to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS).

Vande Hei logged a US space-endurance record of 355 consecutive days in orbit as he finished his second ISS mission.

It was Dubrov’s first space flight, while Shkaplerov was ending his rotation as the latest ISS commander, accumulating a total of 708 days in space.

There has been concern that tensions over the war in Ukraine may have an impact on the long co-operation on the ISS between Russia and the U.S. 

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