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Three ISS Astronauts Return After A Month Delay

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


THREE astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) have returned to Earth, after the loss of a spacecraft delayed an earlier return attempt.

The trio handed control of the ISS over to Russian cosmonaut, Gennady Padalka, after more than 200 days in space.

Among them is Italian

who has set the record for the most time in space on a single mission by a female astronaut.

Their Soyuz spacecraft landed safely on Thursday June 11, 2015 in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

The delay meant that on June 6, Ms Cristoforetti set a new world record for the most time spent in space by a woman on a single mission after clocking up more than 194 days.

The 38-year-old has gained an active following on Twitter during her time on the ISS by posting videos showing how to do simple everyday tasks in space, such as making a meal.

Expedition 44 is led by Padalka, alongside fellow crew members US astronaut, Scott Kelly, and Russian cosmonaut, Mikhail Kornienko.

Kelly and Kornienko are two-and-a-half months into a year long tour of duty on the ISS, the longest continuous stay anyone will have had on board the 400km-high (250 mile) orbiting platform.

Three more astronauts are due to join them in July.