Three U.S., Russian and Japanese astronauts descended safely into Kazakhstan late Nov. 21, ending their 167-day Expedition 29 duties aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz 27 mission spacecraft carrying Mike Fossum, Sergey Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa landed under parachute on the frigid, snow-covered plains north of Arkalyk at 9:26 p.m. EST, in the predawn of Nov. 22 local time (8:26 a.m.). Helicopter-borne recovery teams landed quickly and expedited the extraction of the ...

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