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Three astronauts land safely on Earth after six months in space

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Two astronauts from NASA and one from the Russian Space agency Roscosmos have returned safely to Earth after 197 days of scientific research on the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of Russia — part of the Expedition 56 crew — landed safely on a Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft at 7:44 am EDT (5:44 pm in Kazakhstan) southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan, the US space agency said in a statement late on Thursday.

They spent months providing hands-on support for scientific research in low-Earth orbit, working to keep the orbiting laboratory fully operational, and performing three spacewalks.

The crew completed hundreds of experiments during its 197-day expedition in space, including an investigation to study ultra-cold quantum gases using the first commercial European facility for microgravity research, and a system that uses surface forces to accomplish liquid-liquid separation.

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