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Russia's Soyuz brings ISS crew back to Earth

Published time: March 11, 2014 03:28
Edited time: March 11, 2014 08:05
Former ISS commander Oleg Kotov (C) and flight engineers Sergei Ryazansky (L) and Michael Hopkins from NASA sit in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-10M capsule shortly after they landed in a remote area southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, March 11, 2014. (Reuters / Bill Ingalls / NASA / Handout via Reuters)

Former ISS commander Oleg Kotov (C) and flight engineers Sergei Ryazansky (L) and Michael Hopkins from NASA sit in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-10M capsule shortly after they landed in a remote area southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, March 11, 2014. (Reuters / Bill Ingalls / NASA / Handout via Reuters)

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

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky safely landed in Kazakhstan after a 166-day ISS mission, despite earlier fears of a delay due to severe winter weather conditions. The mission control center cleared the Soyuz TMA-10m to land at 3:24 GMT.

Just before entering the planet’s atmosphere, the three modules of the Soyuz rocket split apart, enabling the central crew module to navigate toward Kazakhstan’s grassland at atmospheric entry. In the final stage, the spacecraft's parachute unfurled some 6.5 miles high to slow the descent near the town of Dzhezkazgan.

The space team was met by a Russian recovery team together with Russian and US medical personnel.

All three will now to be taken by helicopter to Karaganda, from where Kotov and Ryazansky will fly to Star City, near Moscow, and Hopkins will fly to Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he begins a spacewalk outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. (Reuters/NASA)

Russian Cosmonauts Kotov and Ryazansky made history after they took an Olympic torch for a spacewalk for the first time ever last November. In December, both cosmonauts spent eight hours and five minutes in open space in Russian-made Orlan-MK space suits, setting a record for the longest Russian spacewalk.

Japan’s JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, and NASA’s Rick Mastracchio are now running the ISS as part of Expedition 39.

Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch as he takes it on a spacewalk as Russian astronaut Sergei Ryazansky prepares the camera outside the International Space Station in this still image taken from video courtesy of NASA TV, November 9, 2013. (Reuters/NASA)

The Soyuz TMA-10M capsule is seen shortly after it landed with former ISS commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineers Sergei Ryazansky and Michael Hopkins from NASA onboard in a remote area southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, March 11, 2014. (Reuters / Bill Ingalls / NASA / Handout via Reuters)

Flight engineer Sergei Ryazansky of Russia is helped out of the Soyuz TMA-10M capsule shortly after the landing in a remote area southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, March 11, 2014. (Reuters / Bill Ingalls / NASA / Handout via Reuters)

A photographer and an operator document the suit worn byAstronaut Michael Hopkins from NASA after the landing of the Soyuz TMA-10M capsule in a remote area southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, March 11, 2014. (Reuters / Bill Ingalls / NASA / Handout via Reuters)

Comments (8)

 

Anna Charles 12.03.2014 18:36

Are there any astronauts left up there?

 

Anna Charles 12.03.2014 18:35

paradigm-respa wn 11.03.2014 12:00

The US would not have a Staffing Presence on the ISS if not for the Soyuz

Also - there would be No More Cheap Nuclear Fuel for the US without Russia Supplies

Ta ken into Perspective - Threats over Syria and Ukraine are Puffs of Air

  


Unless of-course the US colonised Russia... then they would have it all. Quite a catch, dont you think?

 

Thankarajan Nadar 11.03.2014 16:47

Lively and encouraging space journey and back. Please share some of your findings on the space purely for the purpose of enriching academic knowledge.
Thank you.
With very best regards,
Yours anticipating.
Th ankarajan Nadar
India

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