Touchdown! Soyuz Capsule Lands In Central Kazakhstan
A Russian Soyuz TMA-04M capsule with two Russians and an American onboard landed safely on the cloudless Kazakh steppe on September 17 after 123 days at the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz craft remains the only means for international astronauts to reach the space station following the decommissioning of the U.S. space shuttle in 2011. Moscow hopes the smooth landing will help to ease concerns over relying solely on Russia to service the space station following a string of mishaps in its space program.