Soyuz TMA-12M is back on Earth!

It touched down on the steppes of Kazakhstan last Wednesday, returning Alexander Skvortsov, Oleg Artemyev, and outgoing ISS Expedition 40 commander Steven Swanson to the Earth after a six-month increment aboard the ISS.

They left ISS in the command of Expedition 41 commander Maxim Suraev, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst.  They’ll be joined in a few weeks by Alexander Samokutyaev, Barry “Butch” Wilmore, and Elena Serova, who will be Russia’s first female cosmonaut in a very long time, and the first to make a long-duration spaceflight.

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