Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The crew of the Soyuz MS-23 (Союз МС 23) spacecraft returned to Earth after a year-long expedition

Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio returned to Earth after completing the longest mission in history on the International Space Station - they spent 371 days in space. 

Prokopyev, Petelin and Rubio arrived at the ISS on September 21 last year. The crew was initially supposed to return this spring, but the mission had to be prolonged until September 27 because of the December 15, 2022, Soyuz MS-22 incident. In order to ensure safe return of the two cosmonauts and the astronaut, the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft was sent to the ISS unmanned.

For Dmitry Petelin, this was his first space experience - he went into outer space six times and spent 39 hours there.

The ISS is currently home to the crew of Expedition 70, consisting of cosmonauts from Roscosmos, NASA and ESA. Russia is represented by Oleg Kononenko, Nikolay Chub and Konstantin Borisov. Kononenko has spent more than 736 days in space. He may become the first person in history to spend more than 1,000 days in orbit.

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