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Safe return to earth for Soyuz capsule

Safe return to earth for Soyuz capsule
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A Soyuz capsule carrying two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut back to earth has landed safely in Kazakhstan.

Russian Mission Control said the spacecraft touched down as planned at 4.46 GMT.

After Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, Flight Engineer Shannon Walker and Mission Commander Doug Wheelock were next to be lifted out.

Earlier the crew from Expedition 25 said their goodbyes to the remaining members on board the station.

During their time in space, they conducted scientific research and carried out maintenance work.

The next Soyuz mission to the ISS is set for next month. Early next year should see two siblings hook up in space for the first time, when the US shuttle Endeavour carries Mark Kelly to join his brother Scott.