The American Mark Vande Hey (55) landed in central Kazakhstan on Wednesday, as shown by live images from the US space agency NASA. He has spent 355 days without a break in space. Not only is he likely to have had the longest quarantine in the midst of the corona pandemic, but he has also broken an American record. Previously, Scott Kelly held the record for the longest stay by an American in space at 341 consecutive days.
Vande Hei was with the two Russians Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov returned to Earth. Around four hours earlier, they had undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) together with a Russian Soyuz space capsule. The world changed during her stay on the ISS. When they left for the space station last year, Russia had not yet launched the invasion of Ukraine that has now fueled the worst tensions between Moscow and the West.
On Earth, however, they ended up together in a Russian space capsule. speculation that Vande Hey Both sides had previously vehemently rejected the idea that the Russian Soyuz spacecraft could not fly back to Earth due to the tensions. Shkaplerov handed over command of the ISS to US astronaut Thomas Marshburn before departure on Tuesday.
In addition to Marshburn, the US astronauts Raja Chari and Kayla Barron, the German astronaut Matthias Maurer and the three cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov remained on the ISS.