Sep 8, 2016

Now THAT'S a long-haul flight: Record-breaking US astronaut returns to Earth after 534 days in space

An American astronaut who set the US record for cumulative time in orbit has safely returned to Earth along with two Russian cosmonauts, following a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

NASA's Jeff Williams, aged 58, logged a total of 534 days in space over four missions aboard the research outpost, commanding the station during British astronaut Tim Peake's time on the ISS.

The ISS commander landed in Kazakhstan at 7:13am local time (1:13am GMT) this morning aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule along with cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka.
The US space agency took to Twitter to welcome their record-breaking spaceman back to terra firma, writing: 'Touchdown! Welcome home @Astro_Jeff, officially back on Earth after 172-day mission & total 534 days on 4 missions.'

By Afp and Ryan O'Hare for MailOnline