NASA has announced that the return of three astronauts including two Americans and one Russian aboard a Soyuz capsule has market the ISS’ first decade of expeditions. The three astronauts included Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin. All three of the people were in space for five months.
Yurchikhin was at the controls of the Soyuz as the spacecraft undocked and headed back to Earth at 8:23p.m. EST and the craft landed in the town of Arkalyk in Russia at 11:46 p.m. The Russian recovery team was on hand to help the Astronauts adjust to gravity and exit the Soyuz.
The Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on June 15. The astronauts along with other ISS dwellers participated in over 120 experiments and were on hand when the station had an emergency shutdown of the external cooling system.