In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Record setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch, Europe’s Luca Parmitano and Russia’s Alexander Skvortsov return safely to Earth early Thursday from the International Space Station (ISS). Where next for human space explorers? The Moon to stay? Or the Moon and on to Mars?
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Space Station crew safely returns to EarthSpaceflightnow.com (2/6): Russia’s Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Christina Koch, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano and cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov landed safely in remote Kazakhstan early Thursday, ending what for Koch was a recording setting spaceflight mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Her 328 days marked the longest spaceflight ever by a woman. Koch was joined by fellow NASA Space Station astronaut Jessica Meir in October for the first spacewalk by two women. The trip to space was Koch’s first. The mission was Parmitano’s second. He served as the Station’s commander prior to departure for Earth. His career 367 days in space are the most by a European astronaut. The landing was at 4:12 a.m., EST.
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