U.S.-Russian Crew Returns To Earth After 172 Days In Space

September 7, 2016 7:37 AM

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NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, 58, has spent a total of 534 days in orbit, more time than any other astronaut in U.S. history and 14th in the world.

The mission comes the same day a U.S. space probe was cleared for launch on Thursday to collect and return samples from an asteroid in hopes of learning more about the origins of life on Earth and perhaps elsewhere in the solar system, NASA said.

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