In Kazakhstan, a NASA TV broadcast shows a parachute slowly descending into the haze as it safely lands on the ground.
The parachute was holding a capsule holding a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts who are coming from a 172-day mission aboard the International Space Station.
NASA confirmed the landing at 7:13 a.m. local time on Wednesday.
Jeff Williams is the American astronaut who is the mission’s Station Commander. Williams, at 58 years old, has spent a total of 534 days in orbit. That’s more days than any other US astronaut and 14th in the world.
Williams came home with fellow flight engineers Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka. The mission was to collect and return samples from an asteroid in “hopes of learning more about the origins of life on Earth and perhaps elsewhere in the solar system.”
NASA stated that a replacement crew is scheduled to launch on September 23 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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