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

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

Support coverage in the local news and the people reporting it by subscribing to the Napa Valley Register. Rubins, a longtime virologist and biochemist, was selected to join NASA’s new class of astronauts in 2009 and began a two-year training period in 2014. Joining Ivanishin – whom Rubins will be meeting on her current mission – and Takuya Onishi from Japan, she got up from Baikonur on July 7, 2016 and spent more than 3 ½ months aboard the space station, where she conducted two spacecraft, helped install a docking port for future US-built spacecraft and tested the sequence DNA first hand.

Aboard the space station for six months, Rubins performed scientific work some 250 miles above Earth, working on a cardiovascular experiment and dealing with materials ranging from advanced gases to stem cells. And unlike during her first tour in 2016, Rubins expected to get to work quickly, without the awkward presentation to move around in microgravity. Source

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russian space agency Roskosmos, said the three felt good after they were removed from the capsule and started to reconvene to pull gravity. A Soyuz space capsule carrying NASA’s Kate Rubins, who grew up in Napa, and the Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed at 0455 GMT (12:55 am EDT) on Saturday in the prairie of Kazakhstan.

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