Ex­pe­di­tion 55 re­turns to Earth

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

Think about what you can achieve in five months. For Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Roscos­mos cos­mo­naut Alexan­der Misurkin, five months meant a life-al­ter­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on board the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS). On 28 Fe­bru­ary 2018, all three as­tro­nauts con­cluded their mis­sion as they safely landed close to the town of Zhezkaz­gan in Kaza­khstan.

Although their time's up – for now – the unique and in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will be given to other de­ter­mined and de­serv­ing as­tro­nauts. The Ex­pe­di­tion 55 crew have re­cently fin­ished their qual­i­fi­ca­tion ex­ams ahead of their in­tro­duc­tion to the ISS (in­set, left), and the Ex­pe­di­tion 56/57 crew mem­bers are con­tin­u­ing their in­tense train­ing sched­ule (in­set, right).

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