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3 astronauts land safely on Earth after 6 months in space

05 October 2018, 06:28 | Ross Houston

Roscosmos head Soyuz spacecraft was damaged deliberately

Roscosmos head Soyuz spacecraft was damaged deliberately

NASA sought on Wednesday to tamp down speculation that sabotage caused a tiny hole found last month in the side of a Russian module docked at the International Space Station, but the mystery remained unsolved.

The two Americans performed three space walks to carry out maintenance during their 197-day stay at the orbiting lab.

The Indian manned mission will likely have a three-person crew entering the low Earth Orbit and will be carried out on board the indigenous Mark GSLV III launch vehicle.

Artemyev was first to surface.

Members of the Expedition 56 crew landing back on Earth.

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Station crew members traced the hole to the Soyuz, and quickly patched it inside with gauze and epoxy, after ground teams detected a slight loss of station pressure on August 29.

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The spacewalkers also replaced components of the space station's cooling system and communications network, and installed new wireless communication antennas for external experiments.

NASA will broadcast the return of the space mission.

"Where it was made will be established by a second commission, which is at work now", said Rogozin, a former Russian deputy prime minister who was placed under United States sanctions over the Ukraine crisis in 2014.

Last month, the Russian daily Kommersant reported that an investigation had probed the possibility that U.S. astronauts deliberately drilled the hole in order to get a sick colleague sent back home - something Russian officials later denied. Although the space agency says it accepts Roscosmos' findings that the hole may have been made from the inside - and even possibly by drilling - they don't believe American astronauts worked to undermine worldwide cooperation in space by killing everyone on board the ISS.

A trio of scientists who spent almost 200 days in space have now landed safely back on Earth after departing the International Space Station.

In a statement this week, Dimitri Rogosin, general director of Roscosmos, said, 'It concluded that a manufacturing defect had been ruled out which is important to establish the truth.

The next launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is scheduled for next Thursday.

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