International Space Station (ISS) crew member Mikhail Kornienko of Russia is carried into a medical tent after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 2, 2016.(Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
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U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Wednesday after spending almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars.The 340-day mission saw Kelly claim the record for the longest single stay in space by a U.S. astronaut, while Kornienko is now fifth on the list for lengthiest mission by a Russian cosmonaut.Kelly and Kornienko returned with Russia's Sergei Volkov, who was stationed at the ISS for over five months and was met upon landing by his father, retired cosmonaut Aleksandr Volkov.The record Kelly beat for consecutive days spent in space by an American astronaut was previously held by Michael Lopez-Alegr?a, who spent 215 straight days in space in 2007 .The ISS space laboratory has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometers an hour since 1998 .
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