Three-man space station crew returns to Earth

September 11, 2014 5:11 AM

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Three-man space station crew returns to Earth

With commander Alexander Skvortsov at the controls, flanked on the left by flight engineer Oleg Artemyev and on the right by outgoing space station commander Steven Swanson, the Soyuz TMA-12M descent module landed on target near the town of Dzhezkazgan at 10:23 p.m. (8:23 a.m. Thursday local time).

The three-man crew reclines after exiting the Soyuz TMA-12M landing capsule on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls The final minutes of the return to Earth were seen on live television provided by recovery crews near the landing zone, showing the capsule descending through a...

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