Soyuz Spacecraft Expedition 25 lands on Earth safely after more than 5 months in space

By on Nov 26, 2010 in Astronomy, Science Comments

The Soyuz spacecraft or what is also called as the ‘Expedition 25’ lands on Earth safely on Friday, after more than 5 months in space, NASA reported on their official website.

According to the report, Soyuz, the Russian space capsule carrying two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth safely, as they ended their five and a half months stay at the International Space Station.

The Russian space capsule was said to have landed safely in Kazakhstan on November 25, at 11:46 p.m. EST Thursday (Friday 10:46 a.m. Kazakhstan time), and undocked in the Soyuz TMA-19 at 8:23 p.m.

The two NASA astronauts were Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker, while the Russian cosmonaut was Fyodor Yurchikhin, as the three apparently celebrated Thanksgiving in space just before they landed back on Earth.

Douglas Wheelock has spent 178 days in space on his two missions (15 days on STS-120) while this is only the first mission for Shannon Walker, who spent 163 days in space, NASA said.

On the other hand, Yurchikhin spend a total of 371 total days in space (163 during Expedition 24/25). The Russian cosmonaut was also a flight engineer during Expedition 15 (197 days) and a mission specialist for STS-112 (11 days).

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