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ISS Astronauts Return to Earth

May 14, 2013

Three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan early Tuesday, hours after after five months in orbit aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz capsule landed safely on schedule at 0231 GMT, carrying Canadian commander Chris Hadfield, US flight engineer Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko of Russia.

Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency will take over as the new ISS commander.

Hadfield marked the last of his 146 days in space by posting online a rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

The video of Hadfield hovering in the space station with an acoustic guitar gathered more than 1 million hits on YouTube by Monday evening.

Hadfield, 53, has posted regular updates and photos on his Twitter feed since his mission began in December, drawing 822,000 followers.

Two astronauts embarked on an unscheduled spacewalk at the weekend to fix an ammonia coolant leak.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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