NASA’s Kate Rubins and Roscosmos’ Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 12:55 a.m. EDT after departing the station within the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft at 9:34 p.m. EDT.
Rubins — the primary particular person to sequence DNA in area — will return dwelling to Houston, Texas and Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov will fly again to their coaching base in Star Metropolis, Russia.
Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin stated all three had been feeling effectively after they had been extracted from the capsule, in keeping with The Related Press.
The Expedition 64 trio had arrived on the station on Oct. 14, 2020, and served as flight engineers.
Throughout their tenure, the group carried out a whole lot of scientific experiments, oversaw the arrival and departure of a number of automobiles and carried out spacewalks.
Whereas the journey was Ryzhikov’s and Rubins’ second spaceflight, it was Kud-Sverchkov’s first.
In accordance with House.com, they traveled a complete of 78.four million miles, finishing 2,960 orbits of Earth.
NASA famous that the seven-person crew of Expedition 65 stays aboard the station, together with Roscosmos’ Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Soichi Noguchi, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, Mark Vande Hei and new station commander Shannon Walker.
Vande Hei, Novitskiy and Dubrov arrived on April 9 and Hopkins, Glover, Walker and Noguchi got here aboard in November on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience.”
The November flight marked the primary area station docking beneath NASA’s Business Crew Program.
Later this month, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 members — together with NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet — will be part of the Expedition 65 members on the station.
Their launch on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour” is slated for April 22.
Walker will then hand over command to Hoshide earlier than she, Hopkins, Glover and Noguchi depart for Earth on April 29.
In November 2020, the station surpassed a 20-year milestone of steady human presence. Up to now, 243 folks from 19 nations have visited the orbiting laboratory.