Soyuz spacecraft brings home three-man station crew

June 18, 2016 10:22 AM

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Soyuz spacecraft brings home three-man station crew

A Russian cosmonaut, a NASA astronaut and a British flier strapped into a Soyuz spacecraft, undocked from International Space Station and plunged back to Earth Saturday, safely landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to close out a 186-day mission.

Dropping out of a partly cloudy sky under a billowing orange-and-white parachute, the charred Soyuz TMA-19M descent module settled to a jarring rocket-assisted touchdown at 5:15 a.m. EDT (GMT-4; 3:15 p.m. local time) about 90 miles southeast of Dzhezkazgan.

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