ISS astronauts make safe return

2012-04-27 16:00

Moscow - Three astronauts on Friday landed safely in the Kazakh steppe aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after a stay of almost six months aboard the International Space Station.

Russian army helicopters patrolled the skies as the silver metal capsule parachuted gracefully through the clear blue sky before touching down softly into a field of straw and early spring grass before rolling over gently to its side

Live Nasa TV footage showed a well-equipped team of medics and space officials unseal the capsule and pull out a smiling Anton Shkaplerov - awarded the honour of breathing the fresh air first because he occupied the middle seat in the capsule.

Shkaplerov appeared "in good shape and none the worse for wear", a Nasa commentator said as he emerged.

He called it a "bulls-eye landing for sure".

It was the last touch-down performed by the older analogue version of the Soyuz capsule before it is replaced by a more updated digital technology version.

Shkaplerov and his Russian counterpart Anatoly Ivanishin and American Dan Burbank will be replaced by a new crew that is due to take off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 15.

They will be joining Oleg Kononenko of Russia and Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands as well as Nasa's Don Pettit of the US on a mission that is also expected to last about six months.

Read more on:    us  |  russia  |  space

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

linking and moving

2015-04-22 07:36 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.