Soyuz spacecraft with ISS crew lands safely in Kazakhstan

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KOROLEV (Moscow region), October 11 (RIA Novosti) - A Soyuz spacecraft carrying the 11th crew of the International space Station, and space tourist Gregory Olsen, landed at 5:09 Moscow time (1:09 GMT) at the scheduled recovery area in Kazakhstan, Mission Control reported Tuesday. The commander of the search and rescue team watched the capsule told Mission Control that it had landed safely 57 kilometers southeast of the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan.

In all, four An-12 airplanes, 17 Mi-8 helicopters, and seven search and rescue vehicles were involved in the operation to locate the capsule.

The members of the 11th ISS expedition, Sergei Krikalev and John Phillips, returned to Earth after six months in space. Olsen had spent a week on the ISS, pursuing his own research program and taking photos.

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