Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Gabby" Lands With Kelly In Kazakhstan

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth this week wearing a blue wristband that has a peace sign, a heart and the word "Gabby" to show his support for his sister-in-law, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was critically wounded during a Jan. 8 assassination attempt that killed six and injured more than a dozen others.

This NASA image was captured as Kelly rested in a Russian Search & Rescue Helicopter after he and two cosmonaut colleagues -- Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka -- landed a Soyuz spacecraft early Wednesday about 50 miles north of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan.

Kelly, Kaleri and Skripochka returned to Earth after a five-month mission to the International Space Station. The trio spent 157 days on the outpost and a total of 159 days in space as part of the 25th and 26th expeditions to the station.

Kelly's twin brother, Mark, is married to Giffords and will serve as commander of the 25th and final flight of shuttle Endeavour, a mission set to launch April 19 from Kennedy Space Center.

ABOUT THE IMAGE: Click to enlarge the NASA image. Then click the enlarged image to get an even larger, more detailed view. PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls.

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