American, two Russians back on Earth after half-year in space
Published on Mar 11, 2014 1:51 PM
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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