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Three-Man Crew Returns From Space Station To Kazakhstan

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik is helped out of a Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft just minutes after it landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on December 14.

A capsule carrying a three-man crew from Russia, the United States, and Italy from the International Space Station (ISS) has landed in Kazakhstan's steppe.

The spacecraft landed near the central city of Zhezqazghan on December 14, bringing back Russian cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency who had spent 139 days in space.

The trio's departure reduced to three the crew of the ISS, which is orbiting 400 kilometers above the Earth.

A Soyuz rocket carrying the three men was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in late July.

For Ryazansky, it was his third mission aboard the ISS.

On December 17, Scott Tingle of the U.S. space agency NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Russia's Roscosmos, and Norishege Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are scheduled to blast off from Baikonur to join the ISS crew.

Based on reporting by Reuters and TASS