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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.

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