Russian spacecraft with astronauts lands: mission control
A Russian spacecraft carrying a Russian cosmonaut, a US astronaut and a Japanese astronaut has landed in Kazakhstan, a mission control official in Moscow said Wednesday.
Russian Oleg Kotov, Soichi Noguchi of Japan and US astronaut Timothy Creamer "landed south-east of Kazakhstan's town of Jezkazgan" and "felt normal," the official said.
They were returning from a mission to the International Space Station.
The team were shown live on the Vesti 24 news channel smiling and waving as doctors and rescuers swarmed around to conduct regular checks.
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Korniyenko and US astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson took over aboard the ISS.
The ISS, which orbits 350 kilometres (220 miles) above Earth, is a sophisticated platform for scientific experiments, helping test the effects of long-term space travel on humans, a must for any trip to distant Mars.
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