MN Native Mark Vande Hei Returns To Earth After Record-Setting Stay On ISS

30 March 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, a Minnesota native, has returned to Earth after a record-setting stay on the International Space Station.

Vande Hei had been on the ISS since April 2021. He landed in Kazakhstan with two cosmonauts Wednesday.

After 355 days in space @bsmredknights and @CSBSJU alumnus and @NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is back on earth this morning. He and two cosmonauts landed moments ago in Kazakhstan. The space flight is the longest for any American astronaut.

— Guy Still (@mplstvguy) March 30, 2022

His 355-day stay in space is a new single-flight record for a NASA astronaut.

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Vande Hei first headed to the International Space Station in 2017. He graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret’s high school and in 1989 earned his B.S. in physics from St. John’s University.

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