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ISS astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

24 may 2011, 12:46
A Soyuz space capsule carrying an Italian, a Russian and an American back from the International Space Station (ISS) has landed safely in Kazakhstan, Russian mission control said Tuesday, AFP reports.

"They have landed and all is well. They landed at approximately 0627 (02:27 GMT)," a spokesman for mission control told AFP.

Russia's Dmitry Kondratyev, Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, and NASA's Catherine Coleman landed in the correct location to the east of the town of Jezkazgan after spending 159 days in space, mission control said in a statement.

"All the operations in leaving orbit and landing went according to plan," mission control said.

Live television footage showed the astronauts sitting wrapped in blankets on the sunny steppe after emerging from the capsule. Coleman was shown smiling and chatting to a cosmonaut retrieval worker while holding a bouquet of flowers.

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