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Space station trio makes chilly but safe landing


NASA astronaut Michael Fossum is bundled up after his extraction from a Soyuz capsule, just after the end of his homeward trip from the International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov can be see at the right edge of the image, wearing a helmet.

Space.com reports:

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov departed from the space station and landed on the frigid, windy Central Asian steppes of Kazakhstan at about 9:26 p.m. ET Monday (8:26 a.m. local time Tuesday).

After months in orbit, the crew's homecoming featured wintry conditions, with harsh winds, below-freezing temperatures and a layer of snow covering the landing site. When it touched down, the Soyuz capsule landed on its side, which is not uncommon in windy conditions, NASA officials said; otherwise, it was a smooth and successful landing.

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