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Olympic Space Station Crew Returns to Earth

Image: Astronaut Hopkins from NASA is helped out of the Soyuz TMA-10M capsule shortly after the landing in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan
Bill Ingalls / NASA via Reuters

An American astronaut and two Russians who carried a Sochi Olympic torch into open space landed safely and on time on Tuesday in Kazakhstan, defying bad weather and ending their 166-day mission aboard the International Space Station.

"We have a landing!" read a huge TV screen at Russia's Mission Control outside Moscow as the descent capsule hit the frozen ground southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan.

Inside the capsule were former ISS commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineers Sergei Ryazansky and Michael Hopkins from NASA. "The crew are reported to be in good health," NASA said.

— Reuters

Image: The Soyuz TMA-10M capsule is seen shortly after it landed with former ISS commander Kotov and flight engineers Ryazansky and Hopkins from NASA onboard in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan
The Soyuz TMA-10M capsule is seen shortly after it landed in central Kazakhstan. Bill Ingalls / NASA via Reuters
Image: A photographer and an operator document the suit worn by astronaut Hopkins from NASA after the landing of the Soyuz TMA-10M capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan
A photographer and an operator document the suit worn by NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins after the landing. Bill Ingalls / NASA via Reuters