Russian, North American Astronauts Return to Earth

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Russian, North American Astronauts Return to Earth

The First crew to blast off to the International Space Station following a launch accident that deepened doubts over Russia’s space programme returned to earth safely on Tuesday.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain, veteran cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and Canadian Space Agency record-holder David Saint-Jacques emerged from the spacecraft to applause from support crews, after touching down near the Kazakh city of Dzhezkazgan.

Arriving at 0247 GMT (8:17am IST) to warm conditions, Kononenko joked that he was “happy to see any kind of weather” after coming back from space.
The trio’s launch on December 3 was the first after a Soyuz rocket carrying Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed in October just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make an emergency landing.

Source: Internet