Trio of astronauts leave ISS and return to Earth

James Marshall
October 7, 2019

A Soyuz space capsule with US astronaut Nick Hague, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, returning from a mission to the International Space Station landed safely on Thursday on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

After over 200 days in space, NASA astronaut Nick Hague has returned to Earth aboard a Russian Soyuz crew capsule. He went onboard the ISS on 25 September with two crewmates, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir.

As part of its space plans, the UAE has also announced its aim to become the first Arab country to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021, naming it "Hope".

After postlanding medical checks, Hague will return to Houston, and Ovchinin and Almansoori will return to Star City, Russia.

The duo tested free-flying robots, as well as devices created to replicate the structure and function of human organs.

The pair launched again - this time without hiccups - to begin Ovchinin's second and Hague's first mission aboard the ISS in February. Hague spent more than 200 days in space.

They are expected to land at around 2 p.m. (KSA time) on the south east of the remote town of Khezqazghan, in Kazakhstan. Hague and Ovchinin flew together on an abbreviated mission in October 2018, cut short by a technical problem that triggered an ascent abort minutes after launch and a safe landing back on Earth.

ZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan (AP) - An American, a Russian and the first person from the United Arab Emirates to fly into space landed safely on Thursday after a six-hour flight from the International Space Station.

Mansoori has been active on Twitter where he shared photos of the UAE and Mecca - Islam's holiest site - from the space station.

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