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Space station trio comes home amid a big chill

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A Russian Soyuz spacecraft descends through the morning sky on its way to a touchdown in Kazakhstan. (NASA Photo / Bill Ingalls)

Three spacefliers touched down amid subfreezing temperatures in Kazakhstan tonight, closing out their 168-day mission on the International Space Station. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft brought NASA’s Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, plus Russia’s Alexander Mazurkin, back to Earth at 6:31 p.m. PT Feb. 27 (8:31 a.m. local time Feb. 28).

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