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Manned craft returns to Earth after 204 days in space

Moscow, Jun 25 (efe-epa).- The Soyuz MS-11 capsule successfully landed in Kazakhstan on Tuesday with three astronauts aboard, the Russian Space Agency said.

The crew members, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency of the long-term expedition to the International Space Station returned to Earth having fulfilled their tasks.

"The crew of the Soyuz MS-11 manned spacecraft, undocked today from the International Space Station (ISS), safely returned to Earth," Roscosmos said in a statement," Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency tweeted.

"All operations on the descent from orbit and landing went smoothly, the crew feels good," the agency added.

The capsule landed at 5.48 am Moscow time, some 145 kilometers southeast of the Kazakh town of Zhezkagan.

The agency reported that during the landing of the Soyuz MS-11 all the systems onboard worked normally, adding that any comments that had been circulating in the media about abnormalities were unfounded and unreliable.

Once the spacecraft landed, ground personnel carried the crew members to be checked over by medical staff.

The duration of the flight of the ISS-58/59 expedition was 204 days.

The piloted Soyuz MS-11 ship has been on the ISS since Dec. 3, 2018.

The three crew members set off late last year from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after a previous flight was forced to abort a trip shortly after lift-off when the boosters malfunctioned mid-launch.

On Oct. 11, 2018, Hague and Ovchinin were forced to perform an emergency landing when the Soyuz MS-10 malfunctioned in what was the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.

The ISS, a 16-nation project representing an investment of more than $150 billion, currently comprises 14 permanent modules and orbits the Earth at a speed of more than 27,000 kph (16,800 mph).

The station's orbit is boosted periodically with the assistance of the thrusters of docked spacecraft, as the ISS loses 100-150 meters (328-492 feet) of altitude per day due to earth's gravity, solar activity and other factors. EFE-EPA

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