Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft brings three ISS crewmembers back to Earth

The Soyuz TMA-10M capsule carrying Russia's Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky and U.S. astronaut Michael Hopkins has successfully landed in Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz TMA-10M capsule carrying Russia's Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky and U.S. astronaut Michael Hopkins has successfully landed in Kazakhstan.

As soon as it happened, an announcement confirming the touch-down appeared on a large screen in Russia's Mission Control Center, located outside of Moscow, sparking a round of applause from Mission Control employees, officials of the Russian space and rocket industry, as well as Russian and foreign guests present at the center's hall, an Interfax-AVN correspondent reported.

Three crewmembers - Russia's Mikhail Tyurin, NASA's Rick Mastracchio and Japan's Koichi Wakata - remain aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz TMA-10M lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which Russia leases from Kazakhstan, at 00:58 a.m. Moscow time on September 26 and docked with the ISS at 6:45 a.m. on the same day.

In November Kotov and Ryazansky took an unlit Olympic torch on a spacewalk outside of the ISS. The same torch was subsequently used to light the cauldron at the Fisht stadium in Sochi during the opening ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic Games.

In December, Kotov manually conducted the docking of the Progress M-21M re-supply ship with a malfunctioning Kurs-NA rendezvous system with the ISS.

Apart from that, Kotov and Ryazansky made a record-breaking spacewalk, which lasted for eight hours and seven minutes, wearing Russian-designed Orlan-MK spacesuits at the end of 2013.

During their spacewalk in January, the ISS crewmembers installed Earth observation video cameras on the surface of the station's Russian segment.

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