Soyuz capsule returns from space station
MOSCOW (AP) - A Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and an American touched down on Earth on Wednesday after undocking from the International Space Station following 166 days in space.
NASA's Chris Cassidy and Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin landed safely at 8.58am local time in Kazakhstan.
The capsule undocked from the space station on Tuesday for a flight to Earth that took just over three hours before a punctual landing. The three men had blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on March 29.
Live Nasa footage showed the three men emerging from the capsule on what was an unusually sunny September day on the Kazakh steppe. Each of the men was carried to reclining chairs, where they spent several minutes in order to acclimatise to Earth's gravity.