NASA astronaut Anne McClain and two of her Expedition 59 crewmates returned to Earth from the International Space Station Monday, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 10:47 p.m. EDT (8:47 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, local time) after months of science and four spacewalks aboard the microgravity laboratory.
📍 There’s no place like home! Mission teams confirmed that @AstroAnnimal and two of her crewmates landed safely at 10:47pm ET after spending 204 days in space conducting science and maintenance aboard the @Space_Station. Coverage continues: https://t.co/ZuxLDtzW9c pic.twitter.com/YC9UzBpRC1
— NASA (@NASA) June 25, 2019
McClain, Expedition 59/Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency launched Dec. 3, 2018. They arrived at the space station just six hours later to begin their 204-day mission, during which they orbited Earth 3,264 times traveling 86,430,555 miles.
After post-landing medical checks, McClain and Saint-Jacques will return to Houston and Kononenko to Star City, Russia.
The Expedition 59 crew contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, including investigations into small devices that replicate the structure and function of human organs, editing DNA in space for the first time and recycling 3D-printed material.
#СоюзМС11: к моменту достижения высоты в 10,7 км скорость спускаемого аппарата падает до 800 км/ч. Для ее дальнейшего уменьшения начинают раскрываться парашюты
//#SoyuzMS11: parachute release command pic.twitter.com/AS354eCb7I
— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) June 25, 2019
McClain, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and native of Spokane, Washington, conducted two spacewalks totaling 13 hours and 8 minutes on her mission into space.
Saint-Jacques, also on his first space mission and only the sixth Canadian astronaut to perform a spacewalk, joined McClain on her second outing, which totaled 6 hours and 29 minutes. Kononenko, on his fourth mission, conducted two spacewalks totaling 13 hours and 46 minutes, bringing his career total to 32 hours and 13 minutes spread over five spacewalks.
When their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft undocked at 7:25 p.m., Expedition 60 began aboard the station officially, with Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA as flight engineers, and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos as the station’s commander.
The next residents to arrive at the space station – Andrew Morgan of NASA, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos – will launch aboard Soyuz MS-13 on July 20, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and join Expedition 60 after a six-hour flight.
NOW: Live coverage has started as three @Space_Station crewmembers are set to return to Earth after a 204-day mission in space! Targeted for 9:55pm ET, a deorbit burn will set up their landing in Kazakhstan for 10:48pm ET. Don't miss the action 📺: https://t.co/BoQNsnTap7 pic.twitter.com/PDHNpfn20x
— NASA (@NASA) June 25, 2019