Three astronauts land on Earth from ISS in Russian capsule

AFP, Sunday 1 Jul 2012

The Russian capsule landed on schedule in the Kazakh steppe

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts on Sunday landed on schedule in the Kazakh steppe, the Russian mission control told news agencies.

"It has landed," the Russian flight control centre said, cited by the Interfax news agency, after Russian Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers were parachuted to Earth.

The capsule descended through an overcast sky to land in a grassy field at 12:14 local time (0814 GMT) as the men arrived back on Earth after spending more than six months on the International Space Stations.

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