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Russian spacecraft lands safely after delay

09-26-2010 08:41 BJT

MOSCOW, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Soyuz TMA-18 with three crew members on board landed safely at 9:22 Moscow time (0522 GMT) Saturday on the Kazakh steppe, Mission Control said, adding that the landing went on smoothly.

U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson (L), Russian cosmonauts Alexander
Skvortsov (C) and Mikhail Kornienko sit outside the Soyuz Capsule just
minutes after they landed near the town of Arkalyk, northern Kazakhstan
September 25, 2010. A Soyuz capsule carrying Russians Alexander Skvortsov
and Mikhail Korniyenko, and NASA's Tracy Caldwell Dyson back to Earth
from the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan on
Saturday, a day after an initial attempt to return was aborted after
latches holding the Soyuz TMA-18 craft to the orbital station failed
to open. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Aboard the spacecraft's return flight were Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Korniyenko, and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson, all of whom have been taken out of the capsule by specialists after the landing. The trio are in satisfactory condition, a Mission Control Center source said.

TV pictures showed the crewmembers were seated in armchairs and covered with warm blankets after being taken out of the landing capsule.

The undock of the spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) was delayed on Friday for 24 hours due to a false alarm signal sent by an airlock sensor.

On October 8, a Russian Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft equipped with new digital computing and telemetric systems will blast off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, sending three astronauts to the ISS.


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