Russia’s Soyuz space module returns home with ISS crew

The Expedition 35 crew members are assisted by recovery teams and medical personnel shortly after landing in Kazakhstan aboard their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. (Credit: NASA TV)

Two astronauts and a cosmonaut aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft have successfully re-entered our atmosphere and landed safely back on Earth in the stepped of Kazakhstan, wrapping up a five-month journey to the International Space Station.

The Expedition 35 crew touched down at 6:30AM Moscow time on
Tuesday, Mission Control told Itar-Tass. They consisted of Russian
cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and
NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn.

“It’s beautiful…it’s morning here”, Romanenko radioed to
mission control just before landing. The three space travelers were
in high spirits. “That was quite a ride home”, remembered
Hadfield.

Hadfield was the commander of Expedition 35, which has just
ended, as number 36 is up. He recently decided to record an amusing
David Bowie cover right in space, sending it back in a series of
videos.

The news comes just two days after Marshburn and another NASA
astronaut had to perform a daring emergency spacewalk to fix a
dangerous ammonia leak on the outer surface of the station. Ammonia
is used as a coolant.

During the 144 days they spent in space and on the ISS, the
three had orbited Earth 2,300 times and covered around 98 million
kilometers (61 million miles) in distance.

Three other space personnel were left to watch over the ISS —
NASA’s Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and
Aleksandr Misurkin. They won’t be alone for long, however — as they
will soon be joined by Italy’s Luca Parmitano, NASA’s Karen Nyberg
and the Russian Fyodor Yurchikhin at the end of the month of
May.

The Soyuz spacecraft has been a solid piece of technology relied
on by NASA to transport the agency’s astronauts back and forth
between Earth and the ISS since the shuttle program had gotten
wrapped up in 2011. NASA’s hope is that private space ships will
soon be used for the task.

The International Space Station is a spinning space laboratory
about the size of a house. Five different agencies from 15
different countries had taken part in designing and building it
back in 1998. Since the year 2000, the space lab had been occupied
in shifts by crews of international astronauts and cosmonauts.

The Expedition 35 crew members are assisted by recovery teams and medical personnel shortly after landing in Kazakhstan aboard their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. (Credit: NASA TV)

This article originally appeared on : RT