Space Travelers Make Safe Return to Earth

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Published on 1 Jul 2012, 8:46
Expedition 31 Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers landed safely in their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan near the town of Dzhezkazgan on July 1, 2012. The trio completed 193 days in space and 191 days on the International Space Station since launching in late December 2011. They are shown being assisted into reclining chairs by Russian personnel and beginning their adaptation to gravity after they were extracted from their capsule in Kazakhstan.