3 as­tro­nauts re­turn to Earth

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

A three-per­son crew from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion landed safely in the steppes of Kaza­khstan af­ter a longer-than-ex­pected or­bital stint.

NASA as­tro­naut Terry Virts, Sa­man­tha Cristo­fore­tti of the Euro­pean Space Agency and Rus­sia’s An­ton Shkaplerov re­turned to Earth af­ter 199 days on the sta­tion, nearly a month longer than planned.

Be­cause of the de­layed re­turn, Cristo­fore­tti, an Ital­ian, has spent more con­tin­u­ous time in space than any other woman, sur­pass­ing by sev­eral days the mark set by a NASA as­tro­naut in 2007.

The trio’s Soyuz cap­sule landed 90 miles southeast of the city of Dzhezkaz­gan, in what a NASA com­men­ta­tor de­scribed as a text­book home­com­ing.

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