The other two returning crewmates were Jack Fischer, a fellow colleague from NASA, and Fyodor Yurchikhin, of the Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency.
As announced by NASA, the three have returned and are now safely back on Earth. The Expedition 52 members left the ISS aboard a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft which landed on the planet on Sunday, September 03. It touched ground near the town of Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan, at around 9:21 p.m. EDT.
— NASA (@NASA) September 3, 2017
Peggy Whitson, Back on Land After Many More Broken Records
Peggy Whitson returned to the Blue Planet after having spent 288 consecutive days in space. She served as a member of the crew of three missions, Expedition 50, 51, and 52. Fischer and Yurchikhin returned after having each spent 136 days in space as part of Expeditions 51 and 52.
Astronaut and biochemist Whitson spent over nine consecutive months aboard the ISS for her latest missions. However, she accumulated a total of 665 days in space. This marks the longest period spent in space by an American and by any woman astronaut worldwide.
It also placed Peggy Whitson on the eight place on the all-time endurance list.
The seventh place on this list is held by her crewmate, Fyodor Yurchikhin who, after these latest 136 days, accumulated a total of 63 days spent in space.
Living aboard the ISS meant doing more than just completing impressive spacewalks. The crew members lived and worked in the only orbiting laboratory in the world. As part of it, they contributed to hundreds of experiments in Earth science, physical science, biology, and biotechnology, among many others.
Shortly before leaving the ISS, Peggy Whitson participated in an interview.
When asked about her many broken records, she stated that: “I have noted in more than a few interviews that I am not overly comfortable with the praise about the records. I honestly do think that it is critical that we are continuously breaking records because that represents us moving forward in exploration.”
The astronaut also offered details as to what she will be missing most from space and what she’s been missing most of Earth and also future plans.
638 days in space and the view is still amazing! Soaking up some sunset time in the cupola… pic.twitter.com/AiReQzkjJZ
— Peggy Whitson (@AstroPeggy) August 6, 2017
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