Russian-U.S.-German crew back to Earth from 167-day ISS mission

The Soyuz TMA-13M spaceship carrying an international crew - Maxim Surayev of Russia, Reid Wiseman of the U.S. and Alexander Gerst of Germany - has successfully touched down in the Kazakh steppe, an Interfax-AVN correspondent reports from the Russian Mission Control Center.

The Soyuz TMA-13M spaceship carrying an international crew - Maxim Surayev of Russia, Reid Wiseman of the U.S. and Alexander Gerst of Germany - has successfully touched down in the Kazakh steppe, an Interfax-AVN correspondent reports from the Russian Mission Control Center.

Airborne and land search parties watched the parachute landing of the module during the last minutes of its flight. "Landing accomplished" popped up on the big screen at the Mission Control Center.

The Center personnel burst into applause.

Doctors will examine the crewmembers, who will later take a special flight to Zvezdny Gorodok near Moscow.

The landing module of the Soyuz TMA-13M spaceship has also delivered products of scientific experiments, including fruit flies born at the ISS as test subjects for studying the influence of zero gravity on the development of multicellular highly organized organisms. This research is extremely evaluable for the prospective deep space projects.

Before the next crew arrives, the ISS will be manned by Alexander Samokutyayev (Russia), Yelena Serova (Russia) and Barry Wilmore (the U.S.).

Soyuz TMA-13M, a product of Energia Corporation, blasted off from Baikonur on May 28, 2014. The ISS Expedition 40/41 crew received two Russian Progress cargo ships and European ATV-5 during its mission. Wiseman and Gerst went on two spacewalks and Surayev had one spacewalk in October.

Dozens of scientific experiments were conducted at the ISS in the expedition period.

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