Soyuz TMA-11M with 3 astronauts aboard touches down

The manned spaceship Soyuz TMA-11M departed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday morning with Mikhail Tyurin (Russia), Rick Mastracchio (the United States) and Koichi Wakata (Japan) onboard. The spaceship has successfully landed in Kazakhstan.

The manned spaceship Soyuz TMA-11M departed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday morning with Mikhail Tyurin (Russia), Rick Mastracchio (the United States) and Koichi Wakata (Japan) onboard. The spaceship has successfully landed in Kazakhstan.

"Landing accomplished," said the writing on the big screen of in the Russian Mission Control Center, an Interfax correspondent reported.

The astronauts will undergo a medical examination before they take a flight aboard a special aircraft to Zvezdny Gorodok this afternoon.

The ISS will be operated by Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson until the next crew arrives.

Soyuz TMA-11M blasted off from Baikonur at 8:14 a.m. Moscow time on November 7 and docked with the ISS at 2:31 p.m. on the same day.

The Soyuz TMA-11M crew delivered an Olympic torch to the ISS and had video links with "Father Frost" on the New Year's Eve, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia on the Eve of Easter and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Cosmonautics Day. The six-month mission witnessed the arrival of resupply ships Progress M-22M and Progress M-23M. The expedition was special - a Japanese astronaut became the ISS commander for the first time ever.

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