Space Station Crew Returns after Research on Human Health

Washington, May 14 (QNA) – Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth after doing a variety of research during their 188-day space visit, NASA said.

The crew of Expedition 39, Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Soyuz commander Mikhail Tyurin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) touched down today southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan at 7.58am (9:58 pm EDT).

The crew participated in a variety of research, including a human immune system activation and suppression study and a protein crystal growth research study looking for proteins responsible for Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

The crew also installed a new plant growth chamber designed to expand in-orbit food production capabilities.

One of several key research focus areas during Expedition 39 was human health management for long duration space travel, as NASA and Roscosmos prepare for two crew members to spend one year aboard the space station in 2015.

The crew orbited Earth more than 3,000 times and travelled almost 79.8 million miles during their stay. (QNA)

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