Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft with three astronauts aboard undocked from the International Space Station on Thursday and began its journey back to Earth.

Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague from Expedition 60, along with the first-ever Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri departed from the ISS.

Both Ovchinin and Hague spent a total of 202 days in space, while Al Mansouri stayed at the station for eight days.

The trio are scheduled to return to Earth at around 11 GMT, with the landing expected to take place in Kazakhstan, some 150 kilometres (93 miles) away from the city of Zhezkazgan.

European Space Agency’s Parmitano will remain on ISS as commander of Expedition 61 with NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Drew Morgan and Jessica Meir and cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos.

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