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U.S. astronaut returns dwelling after record-breaking mission

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei returned dwelling safely on Wednesday after the longest single area mission by an American astronaut.

Vande Hei’s keep aboard the Worldwide House Station (ISS) lasted 355 days, beating the earlier report set by Scott Kelly in 2016 by 15 days.

The 55-year-old American traveled dwelling aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft alongside cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov, whose mission additionally lasted 355 days, and Anton Shkaplerov.

Round 4 hours after undocking from the ISS, the trio landed in a distant space southeast of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan at 7:28 a.m. ET (5:28 p.m. native time) on Wednesday, March 31.

.@Astro_Sabot and cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov landed again on Earth contained in the Soyuz MS-19 crew ship right this moment at 7:28am ET. Extra… https://t.co/i9QtpYxWGE pic.twitter.com/EazuiF9Ejr

— Worldwide House Station (@Space_Station) March 30, 2022

Vande Hei regarded nicely as a group transferred him from the Soyuz capsule to a ready helicopter for the primary leg of his journey again to the U.S.

Welcome dwelling, @Astro_Sabot!

Setting the report for longest single NASA spaceflight, Mark Vande Hei spent 355 days off the planet. He contributed to tons of of science experiments that profit life on Earth and can assist form future deep area missions: https://t.co/pDrxnJsCoU pic.twitter.com/c29QGWS1QJ

— NASA (@NASA) March 30, 2022

Later within the day, the record-breaking astronaut despatched a message to his followers on social media, saying: “Improbable place, occupied by wonderful folks, working for all of humanity. I’ll endlessly cherish the reminiscences of serving on the Worldwide House Station. Now, although, I’m thrilled to be again on Mom Earth!”

Improbable place, occupied by wonderful folks, working for all of humanity. I’ll endlessly cherish the reminiscences of serving on the Worldwide House Station. Now, although, I’m thrilled to be again on Mom Earth! pic.twitter.com/pv0V2DqkXZ

— Mark T. Vande Hei (@Astro_Sabot) March 30, 2022

Requested lately what he wished to do as soon as he was again on terra firma, Vande Hei mentioned he was decided to “get outdoors as a lot as doable,” including, “I’ve had an indoor job 24/7 for nearly a 12 months so I’m wanting ahead to being outdoors it doesn’t matter what sort of climate.”

When Vande Hei began his mission in April 2022, he was solely anticipating to remain aboard the orbiting outpost for six months, the same old size of an ISS mission. However modifications to the crew rotation plan noticed his and Dubrov’s mission prolonged to nearly a full 12 months.

When the NASA astronaut realized in September that his mission could be prolonged by one other six months and that it could result in a brand new report, a modest Vande Hei regarded the endeavor as a group effort, saying: “I don’t suppose it’s a report that I might even attribute to me, it’s a report that I might attribute to our area program. I count on this report to be damaged, and that will likely be an extra success for our area program.”

His mission has offered scientists with a lot of knowledge that can assist them examine the results on the human physique and thoughts of extended durations in area as NASA prepares for long-duration missions involving the moon and Mars.

Though Vande Hei now holds the report for the longest steady area mission by an American, the size of his journey is nicely wanting the report for the longest steady keep in area, which was set by Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov when he spent 437 days aboard the Mir area station within the mid-Nineties.

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