Expedition 66 crew members are seen inside their Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft after is landed

NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonauts return to Earth

On Wednesday, the record-breaking US NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov returned to earth from the International Space Station onboard a Soyuz MS-19.

On Wednesday, the record-breaking US NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov returned to earth from the International Space Station onboard a Soyuz MS-19.

Vande Hei arrived at the International Space Station on 9 April 2021, and will return to Houston, Texas after spending 355 days in low-Earth orbit.

He is returning after setting a new record for the single longest spaceflight by a NASA astronaut, clocking 355 days aboard the ISS.

This duration breaks the previous record, held by retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, by 15 days.