NASA astronauts wrap up mission, return to earth amid US-Russia tensions

NASA astronauts wrap up mission, return to earth amid US-Russia tensions

NASA astronauts wrap up mission, return to earth amid US-Russia tensions

Ruling out a manufacturing defect indicates that this is an isolated issue which does not categorically affect future production. "It concluded that a manufacturing defect had been ruled out which is important to establish the truth", said the man who leads the nation's space agency.

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation.

NASA declined to comment on those remarks at the time. Megan Powers, NASA spokeswoman said on Wednesday restored media reports about the likelihood of deliberate harm to the Soyuz module originated from "rough translation" by some Western news outlets of Rogozin's most recent comments.

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Astronauts have said the 2-millimeter hole is a clean one that was "clearly man-made", not a jagged strike from a micrometeorite or space junk, though the joint investigation has not yet confirmed that.

NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federation - part of the Expedition 56 crew - landed safely on a Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft at 7:44 a.m. EDT (5:44 p.m.in Kazakhstan) southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan, the United States space agency said in a statement late on Thursday.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will attend next week's Soyuz launch and plans to meet with Rogozin to discuss the highly sensitive matter.

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The International Space Station is a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit.

"Special thanks to the crew of the 55th and 56th expeditions for their support and participation in our mission to explore outer space".

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