NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins, Crewmates Return Safely to Earth


NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is seen after being extracted from the Soyuz MS-17 Saturday, April 17, 2021.
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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is seen after being extracted from the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft that brought her, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, safely back to Earth from the International Space Station Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Credits: NASA TV

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, returned to Earth on Saturday, following six months living and working aboard the International Space Station.

The crew departed the station in their Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft at 9:34 p.m. EDT Friday and landed safely under parachutes at 12:55a.m. (10:55a.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. It was the second spaceflight for Rubins and Ryzhikov and the first for Kud-Sverchkov.

Rubins will return to her home in Houston, and Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov will return to their homes and training base in Star City, Russia.

Rubins will discuss her 185-day mission in a news conference at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. The news conference from NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agencys website.

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