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.
After a record-setting amount of time in space, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is back on terra firma!
The capsule he and two other astronauts were in touched down within the last half hour.
— Peter Wagner (@peterjontheair) June 25, 2019
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.
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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.