Kate Rubins from Napa, 2 Russians return to Earth from the Space Station | Local news

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MOSCOW – An American astronaut and two Russians returned to Earth after six months aboard the International Space Station.

Support local news coverage and people who report it by subscribing to the Napa Valley Registry. A longtime virologist and biochemist, Rubins was chosen to join a new class of NASA astronauts in 2009 and began a two-year training period in 2014. Along with Ivanishin – whom Rubins will meet in her current mission – and Takuya Onishi from Japan, she left Baikonur on July 7, 2016 and spent more than 3 and a half months aboard the space station, where she made two spacewalks, helped install a docking portal for future spacecraft built in the US and tested the first portable DNA sequencer.

On board the space station for six months, Rubins conducted scientific work about 250 miles above Earth, working on a cardiovascular experiment and treating materials ranging from super-cold gases to stem cells. And, unlike the first trip in 2016, Rubins expected to work fast, without the awkward introduction of motion in microgravity. Source

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s Roskosmos space agency, said all three were fine after being pulled out of the capsule and began to reclimate with the attraction of gravity. A Soyuz space capsule carrying NASA’s Kate Rubins, which was raised in Napa, and Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed on Saturday at 0455 GMT (12:55 am EDT) in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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