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Record-breaking U.S. astronaut and crew back on Earth

Record-breaking U.S. astronaut and crew back on Earth

She is the only woman astronaut to command ISS twice.

After landing, the three-member crew, namely Russian space agency Roscosmos Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and NASA Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, underwent post-flight medical tests.

NASA said it would review its schedule for Whitson and Fischer to return to the city.

The space capsule coming in to land.

This flight alone lasted 288 days, much longer than intended.

"In addition to that, we're doing a lot of debriefs talking to the ground teams about procedures that worked really well, procedures that we need to try to improve, tools or hardware that we had issues with - just ideas for how to operationally improve the efficiencies up here so that we can get even more done", she said.

Whitson's 665 days off the planet - 288 days on this mission alone - exceeded the duration time of any other American astronaut, and any other woman astronaut worldwide.

There are three people on board of the ISS now - Russian astronaut Sergey Ryazanski, American astronaut Randolph Breznik and astronaut from the European Space Agency Paolo Nespoli.

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Whitson's stay was extended past its original termination time in June, when the Russian space agency decided not to launch a replacement cosmonaut at that time.

During her third and latest mission, the 57-year-old biochemist became the oldest woman in space.

For Fischer and Yurchikhin, the landing marked the end of their 136-day mission, having launched together on Soyuz MS-04 on April 20.

Watch Whitson, Yurchikhin and Fischer's return in real time via NASA's live feed below.

With the departure of the Soyuz MS-04 crew, "we lose 1,474 days worth of spaceflight experience", Bresnik said.

Three men remain at the space station, an American, a Russian and an Italian. I love working up here. "Trust me, you don't want to know the details", she joked.

Except for the past week, Whitson said her mission hurried by. They had the station to themselves until July 28 when Ryazanskiy, Bresnik and Nespoli arrived. By the time the Russians resume their normal three-person staffing, commercial crew ships being built by SpaceX and Boeing should be in operation, allowing NASA to maintain the expanded USOS crew complement.


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