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Three ISS astronauts have made an exquisite landing in Kazakhstan

Cassie Werber
By Cassie Werber

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The private sector is heading out of the atmosphere.

One American and two Russians landed their Soyuz spacecraft safely in Kazakhstan on Thursday morning, and a NASA photographer captured a beautiful image of their capsule parachuting toward a heavy fog.

The three touched down near the remote town of Dzhezkazgan, and were quickly wrapped up to protect them from freezing temperatures.

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The three astronauts minutes after landing.

Barry Wilmore, commander of NASA’s Expedition 42, was returning to earth after almost six months aboard the International Space Station.

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Commander Barry WilmoreIn

Also returning after 167 days away was Elena Serova of the Russian Federal Space Agency, here pictured resting in a chair minutes after exiting the spacecraft.

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Elena Serova

Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency was the third astronaut to return. NASA said that their mission “included hundreds of scientific experiments and several spacewalks.”

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Alexander Samokutyaev

Their research focused partly on human health management for long space missions. NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency  are preparing two crew members to spend an entire year aboard the space station.

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The Soyuz spacecraft coming in to land.

 

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