Russian space mission returns to earthMarch 16th, 2011 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia’s Soyuz TMA-M capsule landed in Kazakhstan Wednesday, ferrying three astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) safely back to earth, officials said.
The capsule, carrying Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka and US astronaut Scott Kelly - part of an ISS team known as Expedition 26 - touched down in heavy snow in central Kazakhstan at 07:54 GMT, mission control said.
The Soyuz spacecraft undocked from the ISS at 04:27 GMT earlier Wednesday.
The crew is reported to be in good shape after spending 159 days at the ISS, which included two spacewalks to upgrade the station.
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