MOSCOW (Reuters) – Three members of the International Space Station returned safely to Earth aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Saturday, Russia’s Roscosmos space agency said.
The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft, carrying NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, became the first person to deploy DNA in space in 2016, when Russian astronauts Sergei Ryzykov and Sergei Kut-Sverkov landed in Kazakhstan at 0455 GMT.
All three have been on the space station since mid-October 2020.
As the United States renews its own team launch capability in an effort to reduce the cost of sending astronauts into space, their mission is to be the last planned Russian aircraft to carry a member of a US team.
(Report by Andrei Ostrook. Editing by Mark Potter)