Watch again: International Space Station crew return to Earth
The expedition includes representatives from the USA, Japan and Russia
The three astronauts returned safely to Earth after a 115-day expedition to the International Space Station. The crew includes American Keith Rubins, who became the first person to sequence DNA in space..
Rubins, along with Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi and Russian Anatoly Ivanishin, landed on Sunday in the Kazakh steppe near the city of Zhezkazgan.
After leaving the lander, the three cosmonauts sat in their chairs, set in the cold steppe, adapting to gravity after almost four months of weightlessness. After that, they were transferred to a nearby infirmary for examination..
During the expedition, NASA astronaut Rubins successfully sequenced DNA samples from mice, viruses and bacteria. At the same time, scientists on earth were sequencing identical samples.. The US space agency said the experiment could help identify possible dangerous microbes on the space station and diagnose diseases in space..
Russian cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov, as well as American astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrow, continue to work on the ISS. They arrived at the orbiting laboratory on October 22.
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