Thursday October 22, 2020
An American and two Russians have been on a space mission for over half a year. Now they are returning to earth and landing safely in Kazakhstan. Three of your colleagues arrived on the ISS in record time last week.
After 196 days on board the International Space Station (ISS), three space travelers have safely returned to Earth. The US astronaut Chris Cassidy and the Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Iwanischin and Iwan Wagner landed on Thursday at 4:54 a.m. Central European time in the Kazakh steppe, as recorded by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
The three space travelers left for the ISS in April. Because of the corona pandemic, Wagner, Iwanischin and Cassidy had to be in quarantine a good month before the start of their six-month mission. At that time they could not personally say goodbye to their families.
Tweet an “Mama”
It was the third mission on board the ISS for Cassidy and Ivanishin. Wagner made his first flight to the space station. “Mom, I’m coming home,” wrote the 35-year-old on Twitter before returning to earth.
Last week, two Russian cosmonauts and one US astronaut traveled in record time in a Russian Soyuz rocket from Earth to the ISS. Sergej Ryschikow and Sergej Kud-Swertschkow as well as their NASA colleague Kathleen Rubins docked safely at their destination in space on Wednesday last week after only about three hours of flight time. In November, four new guests are to be sent to the station with a rocket from the private space company SpaceX.