Expedition 59, conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS), came to an end this week with trio of astronauts safely returning back to Earth after spending 204 days on the space station doing space walks and experiments.
The three astronauts, Russian expedition commander Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, made a successful in Kazakhstan on Tuesday at 8:47 am local time on the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft.
Soyuz MS-11 capsule cruised towards the planet and was lowered by using parachute as well as braking thrusters in order to land safely. Medical teams belonging from Canadian space Agency and NASA as well as Russian forces greeted the three crew members upon their landing.
Kononenko, who was the first crew member to get extracted from the spacecraft, visibly looked pale and tired. On the other hand, Saint-Jacques and McClain signalled their excitement via a thumbs-up.
Later, medical checks were conducted on the three astronauts who were seated on the camping chairs under sun for a little respite.
The three will be flown to Kazakh town in Karaganda by a helicopter where a welcoming ceremony would be held before Kononenko journeys to Moscow’s Star City while Saint-Jacques and McClain return to Houston.