3 astronauts return from Space Station

2015-03-12 10:50
Russian space station crew member Oleg Artemiev floats outside the International Space Station during a space walk by two Russians. (Nasa-TV, AP)

Russian space station crew member Oleg Artemiev floats outside the International Space Station during a space walk by two Russians. (Nasa-TV, AP)

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Moscow - A Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and one American has landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, ending the astronauts' six month-stint aboard the International Space Station.

The capsule carried Russians Alexander Samokutayev and Elena Serova and Nasa's Barry Wilmore, who blasted off for the space station on 26 September.

The capsule landed upright in heavy fog southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan on the Kazakh steppes. Despite the poor visibility, recovery workers arrived within several minutes and all three astronauts were extracted within a half-hour.

They were taken to recliner-style chairs set up near the capsule, to begin their readjustment to gravity and undergo brief medical tests. All three appeared in good condition, and Serova smiled broadly as she sat in the chair bundled up against temperatures a few degrees below freezing.

Three other astronauts remain aboard the space station. They will be joined by three others on 27 March; two of those - Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko - are to spend a full year on the ISS.

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