Astronauts Land After Circling the Earth 2,688 Times

A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Sunday at 8:39 AM.

The crew spent 168 days in space and orbited the Earth 2,688 times, according to Sky News.

The three were part of Expedition 55. Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov, and Norishige Kanai represent the USA, Russia, and Japan respectively.

The hundreds of experiments the crew carried out while at the International Space Station include examining why cells change in space, the effects of exercise and sleep on the body in space, and the effect of zero gravity on plants. They also installed sensors to look at space debris and the Earth’s atmosphere, Sky News reported.

Three more astronauts will take their place on the International Space Station, with the launch happening on June 6.

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