ISS astronauts back to earth from delayed mission

Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew of International Space Station lands in central Kazakhstan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Commander of Expedition 43 Terry Virts of NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov have landed in central Kazakhstan at 1343 GMT (07:43pm local time).

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts left the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday 1000 GMT after 199 days in orbit.

“All Soyuz systems are operating in excellent fashion. No issues whatsoever at this stage,” Russia's Mission Control have reported as the spacecraft undocked from the ISS.

Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will be on their own until at least end of July when the next expedition carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Kjell Lindgren of NASA and Japan’s Kimiya is expected to arrive to the station.

Padalka, 56, will return to earth in September after completing a record of 878 days in orbit.

“No matter how many flights you have it’s always like ... a first flight," Padalka, the first four-time ISS commander, said.

“Hopefully, everything will be as scheduled and we’ll be looking forward to meeting the next crew.”

The launch of new ISS’ crew was delayed due to recent mishaps of Russian Soyuz rockets.

On April 28, a Progress cargo vessel was lost when the Soyuz rocket blasted immaturely seconds before the vessel’s separation. Another Soyuz rocket carrying a Mexican satellite also malfunctioned on May 16.


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