US - Russian space trio land

Russian Soyuz space capsule with three astronauts on board lands in Kazakhstan.

By REUTERS
September 16, 2011 08:58
US Astronaut Ron Garan 311

Astronaut Ron Garan 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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A Russian Soyuz space capsule with three astronauts on board has landed in Kazakhstan.

US astronaut Ron Garan, and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, who had manned the International Space Station since April, landed on the Kazakh steppe at 0959 local time (0359 GMT).

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The Soyuz capsule landed on its side, NASA television showed.

Samokutyaev was first to emerge, appearing in good spirits as a doctor performed initial medical checks.

Former station commander Borisenko and Garan were later extracted from the capsule, both smiling.

The three-man crew had spent 164 days in space, NASA said.

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