September 11, 2014

The Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov and the American astronaut Steve Swanson assisted after they landed in the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft (Image NASA TV)

A few hours ago, the American astronaut Steve Swanson and the Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev returned to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft, which landed safely in Kazakhstan. The three of them spent almost exactly six months on the International Space Station, where they arrived on March 28, 2014 Initially, they were part of Expedition 39, in the second half of their stay they were part of Expedition 40 with Steve Swanson as commander of the Station.