U.S.-Russian space trio lands safely despite bad weather

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The Soyuz TMA-10M capsule is seen shortly after it landed with former ISS commander Kotov and flight engineers Ryazansky and Hopkins from NASA onboard in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan

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An American astronaut and two Russians who carried a Sochi Olympic torch into open space landed safely and on time on Tuesday in Kazakhstan, defying bad weather and ending their 166-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

"We have a landing!" read a huge TV screen at Russia's Mission Control outside Moscow as the descent capsule hit the frozen ground at 0924 (0324 GMT) southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. (Reuters)

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