3 astronauts land safely on Earth after 6 months in space

Gwen Vasquez
October 5, 2018

The outspoken official also said Russian investigators believed a small hole that appeared in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station in August causing an air leak on the ISS had been made deliberately.

Russians have offered to take one of the colleagues to the ISS for a short training period, which would play an important role in India's first manned mission to the space.

A Russian space capsule with three men onboard has safely landed in a barren steppe in Kazakhstan after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

The two leaders will meet for the first time in person on October 11 when Russia launches NASA Astronaut Nick Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to the space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The spacewalkers also replaced components of the space station's cooling system and communications network, and installed new wireless communication antennas for external experiments.

A NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are due to launch next week to join three astronauts who remain in the orbit.

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Home fly the Americans Richard Arnold and Andrew Feustel and Russians Oleg Artemyev. He is set to return to Earth this week.

While he was on his third mission in space, 47-year-old Artemyev and 54-year-old Arnold had previously only served on one mission each. This week, Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin said that leak wasn't caused by a manufacturing defect, reviving rumors about potential sabotage.

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ISS astronauts are planning a spacewalk in November to gather more information on the hole.

A trio of scientists who spent almost 200 days in space have now landed safely back on Earth after departing the International Space Station.

The next launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is scheduled for next Thursday.

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