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Take a break and watch two astronauts return to Earth after a year in space

Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko boarded the International Space Station on 27 March last year.

US ASTRONAUT Scott Kelly was in good spirits this morning as he landed back on Earth after spending 340 days in space.

12790906_10153888336466772_3605743640907245647_n Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Kelly touched down in Kazakhstan with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko after claiming the record for the longest single stint in space by an American astronaut.

The pair were part of a team that circled the world over 5,000 times during the year-long mission, which Nasa and its partners hope will help inform future human trips to Mars.

Watch them say goodbye to the ISS crew here before sealing themselves into a capsule and dropping down safely to Earth.

Source: NASA/YouTube

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