Safe Landing in Kazakhstan

by Laurence on 10/24/2004

From The Moscow Times

ARKALYK, Kazakhstan — A Russian-U.S. crew returned safely to Earth from the international space station, their Soyuz space capsule streaking through the atmosphere and landing on target in the steppes of Kazakhstan early Sunday.

The bell-shaped Soyuz TMA-4, carrying Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Yury Shargin and American Mike Fincke, parachuted down to the targeted landing site, 90 kilometers north of the town of Arkalyk, at 4:36 a.m. Moscow time.

Search crew members helped the three men out of the capsule. They sat in chairs, sipping hot drinks and bundled up in blankets, and then underwent brief medical checks in a nearby tent. Fincke spoke by satellite phone with his family.

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