3-man space crew returns safely to Earth

American Tom Marshburn was aboard the capsule that returned Monday.
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A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man international crew has landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Tom Marshburn of NASA and Roman Romanenko of the Russian space agency landed as planned southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan at 8:31 a.m. local time Tuesday (10:31 p.m. EDT Monday night) following a-146 day mission to the International Space Station.

Live footage on NASA TV showed the Soyuz TMA-07M capsule slowly descending by parachute on the sun-drenched steppes under clear skies. Russian search and rescue helicopters were hovering around the landing site for a quick recovery effort.

A three-man U.S.-Russian crew is staying on the space station to be joined in two weeks by the next trio of astronauts.

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