Jeff Williams, Alexey Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka
In the News: The US and Russia are still cooperating in space. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is returning home today, marking a new record for the most cumulative time spent in space by a US astronaut of 534 days. Williams will accompany cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka as they undock a Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station and touchdown on Earth in Kazakhstan. About this photo: Expedition 47-48 Crew Members (from left) NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka.  Photo credit: NASA

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