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Astronaut and Cosmonauts Return to Earth After Record-Breaking Year in Space

A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts have safely returned to Earth after spending just over a year in space. This mission, initially planned for 180 days, turned into a remarkable 371-day journey.

American astronaut Frank Rubio now holds the record for the longest US spaceflight due to this extended stay. Their return was in a Soyuz capsule as their original return capsule suffered damage from space junk, losing its coolant while docked to the International Space Station.

Their Soyuz capsule, a replacement launched in February, brought them back after engineers suspected space junk had pierced the radiator of their original capsule. This extraordinary mission saw them log 157 million miles and circle the Earth nearly 6,000 times.

Rubio, an army doctor and helicopter pilot, spoke of the psychological challenges of spending a year in space and missing important family milestones. For now, NASA has no plans for more year-long missions.

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