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French-Russian crew leaves space station

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A Russian Soyuz craft descends with two spacefliers aboard. (Roscosmos Photo)

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy landed safely on Earth today after leaving the International Space Station in their Russian Soyuz spacecraft – and leaving behind the NASA astronaut who accompanied them on the way up. The Soyuz touched down in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 8:10 p.m. local time (7:10 a.m. PT).

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