May 24, 2016

Photos: Soyuz landing craft touches down in wintry Kazakhstan

A three-member space crew returned to Earth just after sunrise Thursday in Kazakhstan, descending through a sun-splashed sky under an orange and white parachute before dipping through fog for a rocket-cushioned touchdown on the snowy steppes of Central Asia.

Soyuz TMA-14M commander Alexander Samokutyaev, flight engineer Elena Serova and NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore landed at about 0208 GMT Thursday (10:08 p.m. EDT), or around 8:08 a.m. local time in Kazakhstan. The trio concluded a 167-day mission on the International Space Station and appeared in good health and spirits after ground crews extracted them from the landing capsule.

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Soyuz flight engineer Elena Serova. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Soyuz flight engineer Elena Serova. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Soyuz commander Alexander Samokutyaev. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Soyuz commander Alexander Samokutyaev. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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