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Expedition 43 Crew Returns to Earth Safely

posted: 06/11/15
by: Danny Clemens
Expedition 43 crew
NASA TV

The three-person crew of Expedition 43 has safely touched down in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 43 was helmed by NASA's Terry Virts, who was joined by Flight Engineers Samantha Cristoforetti (European Space Agency) and Anton Shkaplerov (Roscosmos). Their return marks the end of a 199-day sojourn aboard the International Space Station, during which the crew took part in hundreds of scientific investigations.

One of the most notable investigations was the launch of the One Year Mission, a NASA study that aims to better understand the long-term effects of spaceflight on the human body. The crew also investigated new synthetic muscle technologies, infectious diseases and bone loss.

Samantha Cristoforetti
ESA/NASA

Upon completion of her mission, Cristoforetti set a new record for single mission duration by a female astronaut, a distinction previously claimed by NASA's Suni Williams.

Presently, the Expedition 44 crew is in charge of the International Space Station. Russia's Gennady Padalka is in command, and is joined by NASA's Scott Kelly and Roscosmos' Mikhail Kornienko. They will be joined by NASA's Kjell Lindgren, Roscosmos' Oleg Kononenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui in late July.

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