Three Man Space Crew Returns To Earth

MOSCOW (May 14, 2013)—A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man international crew landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Tom Marshburn of NASA and Roman Romanenko of the Russian space agency landed as planned southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan at 8:31 a.m. local time Tuesday, after a-146 day mission to the International Space Station.

Live footage on NASA TV showed the Soyuz TMA-07M capsule slowly descending by parachute on the sun-drenched steppes under clear skies.

Russian search and rescue helicopters were hovering around the landing site for a quick recovery effort.

A three-man U.S.-Russian crew remains on the space station and will be joined in two weeks by the next trio of astronauts.

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