Soyuz space cap­sule re­turns to Earth from 115-day mis­sion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A Rus­sian Soyuz space cap­sule has landed in Kaza­khstan, bring­ing three astronauts from the United States, Ja­pan and Rus­sia back to Earth from a 115-day mis­sion aboard the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

The land­ing took place Sun­day morn­ing near Dzhezkaz­gan on the tree­less Cen­tral Asian steppes.

Kate Ru­bins of NASA, Ja­pan’s Takuya Onishi and Ana­toly Ivan­ishin of Rus­sia were re­moved from the cap­sule and sat on the steppes still in their cap­sule seats while they read­justed to the forces of grav­ity af­ter nearly four months in weight­less con­di­tions, then were taken to a nearby med­i­cal tent for ini­tial ex­am­i­na­tion.

An­drei Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhykov of Rus­sia and NASA as­tro­naut Robert Shane Kim­brough re­main aboard the space sta­tion.

The trip back to Earth was much quicker for the three re­turnees on Sun­day, about 3 ½ hours from un­dock­ing un­til land­ing.

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