Kazakhstan: Expedition 53 crew members safely return to Earth

The three-man crew from Expedition 53 returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft on Thursday, landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan in south-eastern Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky and Italy's Paolo Nespoli from the European Space Agency completed a total count of 139 days in space. Upon landing the... Еще three astronauts were ushered into a heated tent to undergo post-flight medical evaluations. The Expedition 53 crew members took part in hundreds of experiments in the fields of biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. Soyuz MS-05 undocked from the ISS at 05:14 (UTC) on Thursday morning. Earlier, Bresnik handed over command of the station to Roscosmos's Alexander Misurkin who, along with NASA astronauts Mark Vende Hei and Joe Acaba, is continuing to operate the ISS until the arrival of new members on December 19.

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