Topic: International Space Station
A Soyuz reentry capsule with three members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew landed safely in Kazakhstan© REUTERS/ NASA/Carla Cioffi/Handout
MOSCOW, September 17 (RIA Novosti)
- Capsule with Cosmonauts, Astronaut Lands in Kazakhstan
- Soyuz TMA-04M Spacecraft Undocks from Space Station
- Russia’s Spacecraft Docks with ISS Six Hrs After Liftoff
- Russia Launches Space Freighter to Orbital Station
A Soyuz reentry capsule with three members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew landed safely in Kazakhstan at 06:53 Moscow Time [0253 GMT], a spokesman for the Mission Control Center in the Moscow Region reported.
The reentry capsule was found near the estimated landing point. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, and NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba feel “normal,” a commentator of the mission control’s live broadcast cited officials as saying.
"The crew felt normal during the descent and landing, the cosmonauts are in good mood, weather conditions at the landing point in Kazakhstan are normal,” said a spokesman for the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya), which provided aircraft for the crew’s search in Kazakhstan’s steppes.
The trio had arrived at the space station in May. The Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft carrying the crew back to Earth undocked from the ISS at 03:09 a.m. Moscow Time (2309 GMT Sunday).
During its time in orbit, the crew performed one spacewalk in line with the Russian program, carried out work with cargo and manned spacecraft, and conducted over 40 scientific experiments.
Expedition 32 Commander Padalka ceremonially handed over control of the space station to Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams in the Destiny laboratory on Saturday afternoon during the traditional Change-of-Command Ceremony, NASA reported.
NASA astronaut Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide remain on the ISS.
A new expedition, comprising Russian space agency cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin, as well as NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, will head for the space station in late October on board the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
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