Delayed astronauts due to head home


FOLLOWING a one-month delay, three astronauts are finally due to return to Earth from the International Space Station.
An earlier attempt to leave the station was delayed due to a rocket failure, meaning the three, who have handed control of the station over to Russian astronaut Gennady Padalka, have ended up spending more than 200 days in space.
Samantha Cristoforetti, one of those due to land today (June 11), set a new record as the woman who has spent the most time in space on a single mission.
Commander Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov and Ms Cristoforetti are expected to land in Kazakhstan more than three hours after their Soyuz spacecraft undocks from the International Space Station.
NASA said in a press release that the three astronauts had covered more than 84 million miles since they were launched into space on November 24 to carry out scientific research and technology demonstrations on the station.
While in space, the 38-year-old Italian Cristoforetti has been posting videos on Twitter and gained many followers curious to see what life on the station is like.


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