Space station trio makes ‘bull’s-eye’ landing

Soyuz touchdown
A Russian Soyuz craft touches down in Kazakhstan, marking the return of a U.S.-Russian crew from the International Space Station. (NASA Photo / Bill Ingalls)

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko landed back on Earth today after spending almost six months on the International Space Station. The three left the station overnight in a Russian Soyuz craft and made what NASA spokesman Rob Navias called a “bull’s-eye touchdown” on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 5:20 p.m. local time (4:20 a.m. PT).

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