Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques returns to Earth after 6-month mission
Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques has returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station.
Saint-Jacques landed in central Kazakhstan just before 11 p.m. ET, along with NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko aboard a Soyuz capsule.
Saint-Jacques’ mission began on Dec. 3, when he was part of the first crewed Soyuz mission following a rocket mishap that forced a spacecraft carrying two astronauts to abort and make an emergency landing last October.
The Saint-Lambert, Que., native set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a Canadian at 204 days.
Saint-Jacques is expected to take part in a news conference on Friday from Houston and will return to Canada in mid-July to visit the Canadian Space Agency, just south of Montreal.
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— With files from The Canadian Press