The crew of the Union MS-11 successfully returned to Earth

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The Soyuz MS-11 manned spacecraft, undocked from the International Space Station, landed today, June 25, at 05:48 Moscow time. Reports about it Roscosmos.

Onboard there were three crew members – cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Ann McClain. The descent from orbit and the landing took place in a regular mode, the well-being of all three of them was good, they clarified in Roscosmos. In total, the astronauts spent 204 days in orbit as part of the ISS-58/59 expedition.

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During this time, the crew was engaged in research and applied research, experiments on the program of long expeditions, supported the station’s operation and worked on equipping it with equipment delivered by cargo ships.

The spacecraft commander Oleg Kononenko is the record holder for the stay on the ISS: he spent there a total of 737 days, and this astronaut flight became the fourth for the astronaut. This time he made two spacewalks.

The first one, together with cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev, took 7 hours and 45 minutes: on December 11-12 last year, they examined the outer surface of the ISS and the household compartment of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, where a hole had been previously found. Then Kononenko cut the thermal protection of the compartment under thermal insulation metal meteoric protection and got to the hole. The astronauts were able to take samples of the sealant, the outer surface and the protective plate, which were later sent to Earth for research. “It was a unique and difficult work, which will undoubtedly go down in the history of world cosmonautics,” they stressed in Roscosmos.

The second – lasting 6 hours and 1 minute – along with cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. May 29-30, they conducted work in the framework of the experiment "Test". "They dismantled the exposure devices and took samples to assess possible micro-damage to the station envelope, changed the orientation of the pressure control and deposition control unit, and also dismantled unused cables and measuring units," the Roskosmos said.


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