Soyuz Safely Returns Three Astronauts to Earth

Soyuz Safely Returns Three Astronauts to Earth

The capsule landed in the windswept and snow-covered steppe in Kazakhstan's central Karaganda region at 2.37 p.m. (0837 GMT).

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will get to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi while in orbit above Earth. Nespoli has logged 313 days in space during three flights.

Personally, we wouldn't want to watch a movie largely about space explosions while hovering in geosynchronous orbit, but, hey, whatever gets you through the endless day, noble astronauts!

Kentucky-born Bresnik also celebrated Thanksgiving in space, feasting on pouches of turkey with his colleagues. Several experiments had scientists look at microgravity's impact on human health and disease, including the effects on antibiotic resistance of E. coli.

The trio also welcomed three cargo spacecraft delivering several tons of supplies and research experiments.

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And a SpaceX Dragon completed its commercial resupply mission to station in August, the company's twelfth resupply mission.

Bresnik conducted three spacewalks while aboard ISS, during which he assisted in repairs to the space station's robotic arm, Canadarm2.

The ISS does not have a movie theatre but NASA equipped the station with a special projector screen and a high-definition projector to watch film and sports games. Ryazanskiy also participated in a spacewalk, helping his fellow cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin release several nanosatellites.

The Expedition 54 crew continues operating the station, with Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos in command.

The space station will go back to a six-member crew when NASA's Scott Tingle, Russia's Anton Shkaplerov and Japan's Norishige Kanai take off from Kazakhstan on Sunday. NASA TV will broadcast both the launch and docking.

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