On December 14, the capsule of the Russian ship Soyuz MS-05 landed at a distance of 150 km southeast of the city of Zhezkazgan. She delivered to Earth three crew members who had been on the ISS for almost 6 months.
On December 14, after nearly 6 months of work, three crew members returned to Earth on Earth: Randy Bresnik (NASA), Sergey Ryazansky (Roscosmos) and Paolo Nespoli (ESA). They descended on a red and white parachute on vast steppes near the city in Kazakhstan.
They were taken out of the capsule after 20 minutes and confirmed their excellent state of health. Bresnik, Ryazan and Nespoli spent 139 days in the orbital laboratory, conducting hundreds of scientific experiments and performing several space walks. Now Alexander Misurkin, Joe Akaba and Mark Vande Hey are left on the ISS. Interestingly, during the mission, Pope Francis contacted the crew members by telephone. They discussed the verses of Dante and the “Little Prince”.
Bresnik celebrated Thanksgiving Day in space, dividing the turkey with his colleagues. The crew aboard the ISS will join their ranks when on Sunday Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov and Norishige Kanai will go to them.