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3 space station astronauts safely return to Earth

3 International Space Station astronauts safely return to Earth in Kazakhstan

3 space station astronauts safely return to Earth

MOSCOW (AP) -- A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in Kazakhstan.

Russia's Gennady Padalka, Andreas Mogensen of the European Space Agency and Aidyn Aimbetov of Kazakhstan returned to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-16M capsule. They touched down on schedule at 0651 local time (0051 GMT) Saturday at sunrise, 146 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Dzhezkazgan.

Padalka has completed his fifth mission for a world record of 879 total days in space, more than two months longer than the previous record holder, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev.

Padalka spent 168 days on this most recent stint, while Mogensen and Aimbetov each spent 10 days in orbit.

NASA's Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren remain on the station along with Russia's Mikhail Kornienko, Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko and Japan's Kimiya Yui.

Updated : 2021-09-18 12:51 GMT+08:00