Kansas astronaut returns safely to Earth after 203 days in orbit

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Hoxie native Nick Hague and crew members are back on Earth. 

Hague, along with Russian commander Alexey Ovchinin and cosmonaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, departed the International Space Station early Thursday morning. 

After reentering Earth's atmosphere in their Soyuz spacecraft and a parachute ride, the team touched down at landing site in Kazakhstan. 

The crew spent six months in orbit taking part in research projects to improve life on earth. 

The mission comes after a failed launch last year when Hague and Ovchinin's mission had to be aborted. 

Since launching again in march, the pair has traveled more than 81 million miles together and orbited the earth more than 32 times. 

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