U.S. astronaut, two Russian cosmonauts prepare to leave space station

March 11, 2015 9:12 PM

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U.S. astronaut, two Russian cosmonauts prepare to leave space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts boarded a Russian Soyuz capsule on Wednesday and prepared to leave the International Space Station after nearly six months in orbit, a NASA Television broadcast showed.

Outgoing NASA station commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore and flight engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, with the Russian space agency Roscosmos, sealed themselves into the Soyuz capsule shortly after 3:30 p.m. EDT (1930 GMT), the same spaceship that carried them into orbit on Sept. 25.

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