US astronauts and Russian cosmonauts return to Earth

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hey and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov shared a capsule during their return flight to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS).

Mr. Vande Hey set the US record for longest stay in space with 355 consecutive days in orbit, completing his second mission to the ISS.

This was Mr. Dubrov’s first space flight, while Mr. Shkaplerov was finishing his rotation as the last ISS Commander, with a total of 708 days in space.

There have been concerns that tensions over the war in Ukraine could affect long-term cooperation on the ISS between Russia and the United States.

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