March 16 - Soyuz spacecraft has returned from the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A Russian Soyuz capsule made a "bull's eye" landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Saturday (March 16), delivering a Russian-American trio from the International Space Station, a day after its originally scheduled touchdown was delayed by foul weather.
NASA's Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, who had manned the $100 billion orbital outpost since October as Expedition 34, landed in cloudy weather at 7:06 a.m. Moscow time (0306 GMT) northeast of the town of Arkalyk.
They had spent 144 days aboard the multinational ISS on their space journey of almost 61 million miles (98 million km).
NASA television said the deorbit burn and other events during the descent had gone flawlessly. It said the capsule had landed upright, almost hitting its bull's eye target in thick fog.
The three smiling astronauts were seated on semi-reclined chairs and covered with blue thermal blankets. They were then carried to a nearby inflatable medical tent.
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