American Astronauts Back from ISS... Courtesy of Russia
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Sept 10, 2013
By Joshua Buck
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
Space Station Crew Lands, Wrapping Up 166 Days in Space
Expedition 36 crew members Chris Cassidy of NASA and Pavel Vinogradov
and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency have returned
to Earth from the International Space Station, landing safely in Kazakhstan
at 10:58 p.m. EDT Tuesday (8:58 a.m. Sept. 11 Kazakh time).
Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin, who launched to the station March
29, spent 166 days in space. They completed 2,656 orbits of Earth and
traveled more than 70 million miles. Vinogradov conducted one spacewalk,
bringing his career total to seven spacewalks with an accumulated time
of 38 hours, 25 minutes. Misurkin conducted three spacewalks for a total
of 20 hours, 1 minute. Cassidy conducted three spacewalks, bringing
his career total to six with an accumulated time of 31 hours, 14 minutes.
During their time aboard the orbiting laboratory, the crew members
saw the arrival of the European ATV-4cargo spacecraft, the Japanese
HTV-4 cargo spacecraft and two Russian Progress resupply spacecraft.
The trio also worked on hundreds of research experiments and science
investigations that will have benefits for future human spaceflight
and life on Earth.
Vinogradov now has logged 547 days in space
on three spaceflights. This puts him 10th on the all-time endurance
list. Cassidy has accumulated 182 days in space on his two spaceflights.
This was Misurkin's first flight, for a total of 166 days.
Posted September 11, 2013