US, Russian trio return to Earth after six months on ISS

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A Soyuz MS-16 space craft carrying NASA's Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos' Ana Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, landed on the Kazakhstan steppe at 7:54 a.m. (0254 UTC/GMT) on Thursday.

After a brief medical checkup, the three will be taken by helicopters to Dzhezkazgan from where they will depart home.

The team has now been brought to the recovery staging city in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, before Cassidy is flown back to Houston, in the USA, and Ivanishin and Vagner will head to Star City in Russia, per Russian newspaper, TASS.

After landing, Cassidy has now completed his third space flight with a total of 378 days in space, Ivanishin has completed 476 days, and Vagner has finished his first space flight with 196 days in total, per NASA Spaceflight.

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Cassidy, returning from his third space mission, has now spent a total of 378 days in space, the fifth highest among US astronauts. That places him in the fifth highest total among U.S. astronauts. Using this method to better understand how bubbles grow could improve devices like medicine delivery through small, bandage-like skin patches. NASA and Roscosmos reported that they were in good condition. He also researched water droplet formation and flow in space, even working with some free-flying robotic astronaut assistants.

A number of astronauts are returning home after concluding a six month mission.

In November, Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov are expected to greet NASA's SpaceX first operational Crew Dragon mission comprising NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts returned to Earth in the International Space Station (ISS) following a six-month assignment in the distance, which started in the middle of this coronavirus pandemic. As a global endeavor, 241 people from 19 countries have visited the unique microgravity destination that has hosted more than 3,000 scientific and educational investigations from researchers in 108 countries and areas.

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