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Astronaut Scott Kelly returns to Earth after 340 days in space

Welcome back to Earth, Astronaut Scott Kelly!

After a monumental 340 days circling 200 miles above Earth, Kelly touched down in Kazakhstan after accruing more time in space than any American before him.

Recovery crews hoisted Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov out of the cramped Soyuz capsule after it successfully landed at 11:26 p.m. ET Tuesday.

He spent nearly a year on board the International Space Station during his fourth mission, sharing his home away from home with Kornienko.

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