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Record-breaking US astronaut, Russian cosmonauts land on Soyuz

A record-setting American astronaut and his two Russian crewmates have returned together from the International Space Station, showing that cooperation in space can continue even as tensions on the ground run high.

Mark Vande Hei of NASA, who at 355 days has now spent more time on a single space mission than any other U.S. astronaut in history, landed alongside his two Expedition 66 colleagues, cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Russia’s space corporation. The three touched down on Wednesday (March 30) at 7:28 a.m. EDT (1128 GMT or 5:28 p.m. local) on Russia’s Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft, descending to the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan. Their landing came just of four hours after departing the International Space Station.

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