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American, two Russians back on Earth after half-year in space

Published on Mar 11, 2014 1:51 PM
 
Wearing traditional Kazakh costumes US astronaut Michael Hopkins (left) sits together with Russia's cosmonauts Oleg Kotov (centre) and Sergey Ryazansky (right), as they attend a press conference in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, on March 11, 2014, some hours after their landing aboard Soyuz TMA-10M capsule. Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Tuesday landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station.

Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins touched down in their Soyuz capsule at 0324 GMT (11:24am Singapore time)outside Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan, mission control said.

The textbook landing in difficult weather conditions underlined the strength of space cooperation between the United States and Russia, despite the soaring diplomatic tensions over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.

The undocking and landing had initially been postponed due to bad weather with heavy snow and high winds at the landing site.

 
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