NOLS grad safely returns from International Space Station

(Lander, WY) – NASA announced the return of astronaut Kate Rubins, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, returned to Earth on Saturday, following six months of living and working aboard the International Space Station.

Lander-based nonprofit and worldwide outdoor educator, NOLS, has partnered with NASA for many years to help astronauts develop leadership skills as well as expedition behavior among other things. Rubins, a grad of this partnership, can be seen wearing her NOLS cap after landing in the photos below.

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“NASA has worked with NOLS Custom Education to design custom courses that allowed their astronauts to develop leadership skills and expedition behavior in sometimes uncomfortable and stressful environments,” according to a 2015 NOLS blog post. “The difficulties encountered on course allow NASA to better examine potential crew members’ reactions to adversity and how they work together as a group under stress.”

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