Thursday 18 July 2019

In pictures: Astronauts return to Earth after six months aboard the International Space Station

Alexander Nemenov

A Russian Soyuz MS-11 space capsule descends about 150 kilometers (90 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
A Russian Soyuz MS-11 space capsule descends about 150 kilometers (90 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
A Russian Soyuz MS-11 space capsule descends about 150 km (90 miles) south east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Three astronauts safely returned to Earth on Tuesday after spending more than six months aboard the International Space Station. Picture: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP
A fire of the Russian Soyuz MS-11 space capsule breaking engines goes out as it lands about 150 km (90 miles) south east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP
The Soyuz MS-11 capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, lands in a remote area outside Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Picture: Alexander Nemenov/Pool via REUTERS
The Soyuz MS-11 capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, lands in a remote area outside Zhezkazgan Picture: Alexander Nemenov/Pool via REUTERS
A search and rescue team approaches the Soyuz MS-11 capsule shortly after the landing Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP
A Russian Soyuz MS-11 space capsule stands on the ground after the landing about 150 km (90 miles) south east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Picture: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP
A search and rescue team works on the site of landing of the Soyuz MS-11 capsule after the landing about 150 km (90 miles) south east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Picture: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP
A Russian Soyuz MS-11 space capsule stands on the ground after the landing about 150 km (90 miles) south east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Picture: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP
Russian space agency rescue team help Russian cosmonaut Оleg Kononenko, center, to get from the capsule shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-11 space capsule about 150 km (80 miles) south east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP
Soyuz MS-11 crew member, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, undergoes a medical check Picture: Alexander Nemenov/Pool via REUTERS
Expedition 59 crew member Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos Picture: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS
Expedition 59 Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques is carried to a medical tent Picture: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS
Expedition 59 astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is helped out of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft Picture: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS
Expedition 59 NASA astronaut Anne McClain is helped out of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft Picture: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS

Three astronauts safely returned to Earth today after spending more than six months aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule with astronauts from Canada, Russia and the United States landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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