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Russian, American spacemen safely landed back to Earth

Bea Micaller



A Russian and two American astronauts returned to Earth safely after nearly spending 204 days exploring space.

The mission with Soyuz was Kononenko’s fourth trip to the space

Russian space shuttle Soyuz carrying expedition commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency’s David Saint-Jacques touched down on 25 June at Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

The trip was dubbed as the Expedition 59 of the International Space Station (ISS) with Kononenko as the prime commander while the rest served as the flight engineers.

The mission with Soyuz was Kononenko’s fourth trip to space.

The space launch on 3 December was Soyuz’s first after it failed a blast-off last October where it carried Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague.

“A beautiful night pass over Africa on my last night on @Space_Station,” the 40-year-old McClain took to Twitter how his space adventure has been.

Meanwhile, Saint-Jacques stole the record from his fellow Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk of the longest single spaceflight completed by a North American in history.

Soyuz is a specially-designed spacecraft for the Soviet space program during 1960 and is still fully functioning until now.