One space trio comes home, another gets set to fly

The hatch to the International Space Station’s Rassvet module has a lot in common with a revolving door this week, due to today’s homecoming for three spacefliers and Wednesday’s launch of a fresh space trio. After spending more than five months in orbit, NASA’s Scott Tingle, Japan’s Norishige Kanai and Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov left the station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and touched down safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan. “That was a good ride!” Tingle said.

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By Alan Boyle

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