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Gallery: Soyuz MS-04 crew back on Earth

Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, left, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, center, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer get their first taste of fresh air in months. Whitson was in space for 288 days while Yurchikhin and Fischer were in orbit for 136 days. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, left, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, center, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer get their first taste of fresh air in months. Whitson was in space for 288 days, while Yurchikhin and Fischer were in orbit for 136 days. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Blazing through Earth’s atmosphere and coming to a parachute assisted touchdown in Kazakhstan, three International Space Station crew members returned home in their Soyuz MS-04 capsule. The landing took place at 9:21 p.m. EDT Sept. 2 (7:21 a.m. local time / 01:21 GMT Sept. 3), 2017.

After spending many months orbiting Earth at 17,500 mph (28,200 km/h), NASA’s Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, as well as Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin were safely back on terra firma. Ground teams then extracted and evaluated the crew before flying them to their respective home countries.

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls took the following photos. More can be found here.

NASA, Roscosmos and Russian Search and Rescue teams deploy from the Karaganda Airport to Zhezkazgan in order to prepare for the Soyuz MS-04 landing. Photo and Caption Credit: BIll Ingalls / NASA

NASA, Roscosmos and Russian Search and Rescue teams deploy from the Karaganda Airport to Zhezkazgan in order to prepare for the Soyuz MS-04 landing. Photo and Caption Credit: BIll Ingalls / NASA

 

Director of the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems (IMBP) Oleg Orlov looks out the window of an AN-26 aircraft as support teams pre-position to Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Photo and Caption Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Director of the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems (IMBP) Oleg Orlov looks out the window of an AN-26 aircraft as support teams pre-position to Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Photo and Caption Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

NASA, Roscosmos, and Russian Search and Rescue teams arrive in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Photo and Caption Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

NASA, Roscosmos, and Russian Search and Rescue teams arrive in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Photo and Caption Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

The Soyuz MS-04 capsule descends under its single main parachute. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

The Soyuz MS-04 capsule descends under its single main parachute. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

Soyuz MS-04 lands in Kazakhstan on Sept. 3, 2017. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Soyuz MS-04 lands in Kazakhstan on Sept. 3, 2017. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

The Soyuz MS-04 capsule is pulled onto its side. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

The Soyuz MS-04 capsule is pulled onto its side. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, left, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, center, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer get their first taste of fresh air in months. Whitson was in space for 288 days while Yurchikhin and Fischer were in orbit for 136 days. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, left, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, center, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer get their first taste of fresh air in months. Whitson was in space for 288 days, while Yurchikhin and Fischer were in orbit for 136 days. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

Fyodor Yurchikhin is the first to be helped out of the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft just minutes after he and NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, and Jack Fischer landed. Photo and Caption Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Fyodor Yurchikhin is the first to be helped out of the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft just minutes after he and NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, and Jack Fischer landed. Photo and Caption Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

Jack Fischer was the second to be helped out of the Soyuz after landing. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Jack Fischer was the second to be helped out of the Soyuz after landing. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

Peggy Whitson was the final crew member of Soyuz MS-04 to be helped out. All three were placed on lawn chair-like couches for an initial health check before being transported to a nearby medical tent for further evaluation. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Peggy Whitson was the final crew member of Soyuz MS-04 to be helped out. All three were placed on lawn chair-like couches for an initial health check before being transported to a nearby medical tent for further evaluation. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

 

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Derek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the International Space Station, called Orbital Velocity. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter. His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space Oct. 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized his true calling was communicating to others about space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to increase the quality of our content, eventually becoming our managing editor. @TheSpaceWriter

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