Three astronauts return to Earth after 142-day mission to space station
The Soyuz TMA-06M manned spacecraft touched down on Saturday ending its three-and-a-half hour voyage to bring three International Space Station (ISS) crew members to Earth after 142 days in orbit, RIA Novosti reports.
The Soyuz spacecraft, carrying Expedition 34 members – Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Yevgeny Tarelkin, and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford – landed at 7:06 a.m. Moscow time 50 kilometers north of the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsia.
Three planes, 14 Mi-8 helicopters and seven rescue vehicles were involved in a quick search for the landing capsule.
Preliminary reports indicate that the landing was safe and the crew is in a good shape.
Bad weather conditions forced the Russian space agency Roscosmos to postpone the Soyuz undocking and landing by one day.