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Canadian astronaut returns from space after record-setting trip

Last Updated Jun 25, 2019 at 6:04 am PDT

FILE - This March 25, 2009 photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station seen from the Space Shuttle Discovery during separation. NASA announced Friday, June 7, 2019 that it will open the International Space Station to private astronauts, with the first visit as early as next year. The round-trip ticket will cost an estimated $58 million. And accommodations aboard the orbiting outpost will run about $35,000 per night, for trips of up to 30 days long. (NASA via AP)

LONGUEUIL, Que. – David Saint-Jacques has returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station.

The Canadian astronaut was joined by NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko aboard a Soyuz capsule that landed Monday night.

Saint-Jacques’ mission began ahead of schedule on Dec. 3, when he was part of the first crewed Soyuz mission following a rocket mishap last October that forced a spacecraft carrying two astronauts to abort and make an emergency landing.

The native of Saint-Lambert, Que., will set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a Canadian at 204 days.

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying the three astronauts undocked from the space station without incident from the orbiting laboratory at 7:25 p.m. EDT Monday.

It was scheduled to land in the steppes of Kazakhstan.