Japan’s first man in space makes emotional landing back on Earth

Written by Staff Writer at CNN On the first day of 2019, a Japanese astronaut and cosmonaut returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft after spending 210 days in space. The crew included…

Japan's first man in space makes emotional landing back on Earth

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

On the first day of 2019, a Japanese astronaut and cosmonaut returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft after spending 210 days in space.

The crew included Takuya Onishi, a Japanese astronaut, and Oleg Kononenko, cosmonaut. Onishi previously spent 20 months in the International Space Station in 2016, while Kononenko had previously completed stints on the station in 2009 and 2014.

Read the full story and see pictures of Onishi and Kononenko’s experience in space.

Japan’s Takuya Onishi, left, with Expedition 55/56 Soyuz Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia and Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor of the United States (rear) onboard the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2018. Courtesy NASA

(Read Fareed Zakaria’s commentary about what it means to be the first Asian man to become an astronaut.)

Onishi is joined by Anton Shkaplerov, a Russian cosmonaut who spent 190 days in space on the ISS.

Seokchang. Courtesy NASA

Onishi and Kononenko arrived at the ISS in May 2018, joining Expedition 55/56 crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin and Serena Auñón-Chancellor. They were tasked with six months of science, research and astronomy research.

Expedition 56 Expedition 55/56 flight engineer Andrey Borisenko of Russia (pictured) with flight engineer Takuya Onishi (rear) of Japan aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during their stay in space. Courtesy NASA

They will resume their life aboard Earth on December 6.

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