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Soyuz Lands With Russian, U.S. Crew In Kazakhstan

Soyuz Space Capsule Lands In Kazakhstani
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September 17, 2012
A Russian Soyuz space capsule landed in Kazakhstan early on September 17, bringing two Americans and one Russian back to Earth after a four-month stay at the International Space Station. Three other crew members remain at the station, and are due to be joined by another three next month. (Reuters)
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A Russian Soyuz capsule with three crew members aboard -- two Americans and a Russia -- has safely landed in central Kazakhstan after 123 days at the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz craft remains the only means for international astronauts to reach the space station since the decommissioning of the U.S. Shuttle fleet in 2011.

Moscow hoped the smooth landing will help to ease concerns over relying solely on Russia to service the space station following a string of recent mishaps in its space program.

Three crew members remain on the ISS.

They will be joined by another trio due to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan next month.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP

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