US NASA astronaut Steve Swanson
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Soyuz astronauts and cosmonauts return to Earth

The crew members in Russia's Soyuz space capsule have successfully landed in Kazakhstan.

Parachuting through clear skies, an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts returned early Thursday after five months on the International Space Station.

Russia is due to launch another crew later in September, including the first female Russian cosmonaut to go into space in nearly two decades.

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