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U.S., Russian, Japanese Astronauts Return To Earth

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Three astronauts landed safely in Kazakhstan on Sunday following a 115-day mission aboard the the International Space Station, including US astronaut Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space.

A joint U.S., Russian and Japanese crew landed safely in Kazakhstan following 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station, including US astronaut Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space.

The Trio-U.S astronaut Kate Rubins, Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi of Japan made a parachute landing on October 30, confirmed by Russian mission control.

“Landing has taken place!” Russian mission control stated, with commentators on NASA TV noting that the Soyuz craft had landed in an upright position.

They landed southeast of the Kazakh steppe town of Zhezkazgan in clear but frosty conditions after a flight from the orbital lab.

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(From L) Members of the main crew of the International Space Station Expedition 48/49, astronauts Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi pose for a photo after a press conference in Baikonur, on July 6, 2016

Molecular biologist Rubins and Onishi were both returning from their first missions in space, while flight commander Ivanishin also undertook a five-month mission at the ISS five years ago.

Their journey back to earth, which was delayed by two weeks as Russian space officials carried out further software tests on the modified Soyuz MS-01 vehicle, marks the first complete mission at the orbital laboratory for a modified Soyuz spacecraft.

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