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ISS crew returns to Earth after nearly year in space


After spending almost a year aboard the International Space Station, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly finally stepped back onto terra firma when the Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft successfully touched down in Kazakhstan.

Besides Kelly and Kornienko a third crew member of Expedition 46 – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, was delivered back to earth. He was less fortunate and spent only 182 days in orbit.

Russian recovery forces stationed nearby rushed to the landing site to help the returning heroes to get out of the cramped descent module for initial medical checks and to facilitate phone calls home to family and friends.

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