Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli has returned to earth after 139 days in orbit aboard the International Space Station.
According to a report published today by Italy’s national daily La Stampa, he and astronauts Sergei Ryazanzky (Russia) and Randy Bresnik (USA) traveled back to earth from the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Rusian Soyuz capsule.
The Soyuz MS 05 landed in Kazakhstan as planned around 7:30 a.m. CST. Russian astronaut Ryazanzky was the first to emerge from capsule, followed by Nespoli and Bresnik.
Back in May of this year, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce hosted the five astronauts who headed to the ISS this summer, including the three who returned to earth today (December 14, 2017).
In the image below (from left, clockwise): Paolo Nespoli (Italy), IACC Executive Director Alessia Paolicchi, IACC President Brando Ballerini, Sergei Ryazanzky (Russia), Randy Bresnik (USA), Italian Consul General Elena Sgarbi, Alexander Misurkin (Russia), Joe Acaba (USA), and Mark Vande Hei (USA).