Expedition 26 crew returns to Earth safely
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The crew, consisting of Commander NASA officials, landing conditions were "too cold, too windy, too arctic" to set up a medical tent as is usually done after a landing. Instead, the cosmonauts and astronaut were taken to , Kazakhstan before returning to , Russia.and Flight Engineers and , launched to space on October 7 of last year, docking to the station a couple days later. According to
Despite the weather during landing and crew recovery operations, NASA spokesman Rob Navias says that the recovery teams are apt at recovering crews under such conditions. The three crewmembers exited the capsule about thirty minutes after a landing in deep snow.
The launch of the next flight to the ISS,, has been delayed due to technical problems, and is scheduled to lift-off no earlier than March 29.
Scott Kelly was in space at the time of theduring which his twin brother's wife, U.S. , was shot. He and brother are the only twins to have both flown into space.
This was the first spaceflight for Oleg Skripochka, the third for Scott Kelly, and the fifth for Aleksandr Kaleri. Kaleri is now the second most experienced space-traveler in human history, spending a total of 770 days in space and trailing only, who has accumulated just over 800 days.
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