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Two Russian cosmonauts, US astronaut head back to Earth

Published on Mar 11, 2014 10:00 AM
NASA photo of Solar array panels on the Russian segment of the International Space Station and a blue and white part of Earth. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW - A pair of Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut sealed themselves inside a Russian Soyuz capsule on Monday and left the International Space Station, ending a six-month mission, officials said.

With former station commander Oleg Kotov at the controls, the Soyuz slipped away from its berthing port at 8:02 a.m. (Singapore time)

Touchdown is expected at 11:24 p.m. southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

Strapped inside the Soyuz with Kotov are station flight engineers Sergei Ryazansky and NASA's Michael Hopkins.

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