Departing astronauts bid farewell to members of team remaining space

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (AP) — A NASA astronaut and two other crew members on the International Space Station were scheduled to depart the orbital outpost Saturday night.

The three have spent 115 days in space dating back to their launch in July.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is one of the flight engineers along with Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi.

The expedition commander is Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin.

The departing astronauts hugged and bid farewell to the members of team remaining space.

The departing crew members undocked their Soyuz Spacecraft Saturday evening for the return to Earth.

They are expected to land in Kazakhstan after three and a half hours, around midnight, eastern time in the U.S.


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