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NASA astronauts return to Earth from International Space Station

Posted at 4:50 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 07:51:04-04

Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut aboard the ISS return to Earth after spending 197 days in space.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft undocked from the ISS and is expected to land in Kazakhstan.

NASA says Expedition 56 Commander Drew Feustel and Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold of NASA, along with Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos completed a 197 day mission about the ISS, which orbited the Earth over 3,100 times.

The crew conducted scientific experiments, including tests to help prepare for future missions that aim to travel farther away from Earth.