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Russia: ISS crew speak to press for first time after 200 days in space01:14

Russia: ISS crew speak to press for first time after 200 days in space

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 10, 2015 at 08:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

The crew of ISS Expedition 42/43 met with press in Moscow’s Star City on Friday for the first time since they returned to earth after completing their mission.

Russian crew commander Anton Shkaplerov reported that the expedition had proven successful. He went on to explain that, directly after touching down, the crew members, made up of Shkaplerov, US astronaut Terry Virts and Italy’s Samantha Cristoforetti, had to go through several rehabilitation tests. After having spent 200 days in orbit, specialists had to make sure they would function normally in earth’s atmosphere.

The first examination was a "field test" that appears to be similar to a sobriety test for drink drivers, where the ISS crew had to walk in a straight line, first with their eyes open, and then closed.

The trio's 200-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS) began on November 23 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The cosmonauts were scheduled to return home May 13, but due to a rocket failure in April, the mission was extended for one month.

Russia: ISS crew speak to press for first time after 200 days in space01:14
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The crew of ISS Expedition 42/43 met with press in Moscow’s Star City on Friday for the first time since they returned to earth after completing their mission.

Russian crew commander Anton Shkaplerov reported that the expedition had proven successful. He went on to explain that, directly after touching down, the crew members, made up of Shkaplerov, US astronaut Terry Virts and Italy’s Samantha Cristoforetti, had to go through several rehabilitation tests. After having spent 200 days in orbit, specialists had to make sure they would function normally in earth’s atmosphere.

The first examination was a "field test" that appears to be similar to a sobriety test for drink drivers, where the ISS crew had to walk in a straight line, first with their eyes open, and then closed.

The trio's 200-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS) began on November 23 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The cosmonauts were scheduled to return home May 13, but due to a rocket failure in April, the mission was extended for one month.

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