Expedition 21 safely home

December 1, 2009 13:51 by scibuff

Today, at 07:15 GMT, Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft landed in Kazakhstan with members of Expedition 21 aboard. Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency Flight Engineer De Winne and Canadian Space Agency Flight Engineer Robert Thirsk spent 188 days in space, 186 of those aboard the orbiting International Space Station. The three arrived at the station in May as part of Expedition 20, which marked the start of six-person crew operations aboard the station. With their arrival, all five of the international partner agencies – NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) – were represented on orbit for the first time.

The Soyuz spacecraft of Expedition 21 crew members Frank De Winne, Roman Romanenko and Robert Thirsk lands on the steppes of Kazakhstan where a ground crew is ready to assist - Source: NASA TV

Expedition 21 crew members Frank De Winne, Roman Romanenko and Robert Thirsk undock the Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station - Source: NASA TV

Expedition 21 crew members Frank De Winne, Roman Romanenko and Robert Thirsk prepare to leave the International Space Station in the Soyuz spacecraft - Source: NASA TV

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