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NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei landed in Kazakhstan alongside two Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Wednesday morning, NASA saidafter spending a record-breaking 355 days in space.

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Vande Hei, 55, landed on Earth at 7:28 am, ET Wednesday, completing his record-setting journey that began at the International Space Station on April 9NASA said.

Vande Hei said he avoided talking about the Russia-Ukraine conflict with his fellow Russian astronauts even before Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the Associated Press reported,

Shkaplerov told NASA TV Tuesday that although “people have a problem”[s] on Earth,” astronauts in space were “one crew,” calling the space station a symbol of “friendship and cooperation,” AP reported,

Vande Hei’s 355-day spaceflight breaks the previous record held by retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly by 15 days, NASA said,

Vande Hei contributed to hundreds of science experiments during his time in space, including six NASA-backed science investigations, which NASA said “benefit life on Earth” and will help future space missions.

Vande Hei is expected to return to Houston after undergoing a health check, NASA saidand CNN reports the two Russian cosmonauts are headed back to their training base in Russia.



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