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Kazakhstan: Russia's Soyuz brings ISS crew back to Earth

Kazakhstan, Karaganda
March 11, 2014 at 10:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kazakhstan: Russia's Soyuz brings ISS crew back to Earth

Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut safely returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz space capsule after spending more than five months on the International Space Station, on Tuesday in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky returned from the 166-day ISS mission, despite earlier fears of a delay due to severe winter weather conditions. The mission control centre cleared the Soyuz TMA-10m to land.

All three were taken by helicopter in Karaganda, from where Kotov and Ryazansky will fly to Star City, near Moscow, and Hopkins will fly to Johnson Space Center in Houston. The astronauts were given custom-made Matryoshka dolls to honour their return to Earth.

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Kazakhstan: Russia's Soyuz brings ISS crew back to Earth

Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut safely returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz space capsule after spending more than five months on the International Space Station, on Tuesday in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky returned from the 166-day ISS mission, despite earlier fears of a delay due to severe winter weather conditions. The mission control centre cleared the Soyuz TMA-10m to land.

All three were taken by helicopter in Karaganda, from where Kotov and Ryazansky will fly to Star City, near Moscow, and Hopkins will fly to Johnson Space Center in Houston. The astronauts were given custom-made Matryoshka dolls to honour their return to Earth.

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