Soyuz Capsule Returns Safely From International Space Station

Created: 2012-09-17 10:43 EST


 The Soyuz capsule lands safely in Kazakhstan after returning from the International Space Station.

The two Russian cosmonauts and one U.S. astronaut recover slowly from a long journey and 123 days in space.
Everything is well and a NASA TV commentator calls the touchdown a "Bull's eye landing."
Three other International Space Station crew members remain in orbit.       
They will be joined by another trio in October, with the launch also taking place in Kazakhstan.
The International Space Station is a $100 billion research complex, orbiting 240 miles above the Earth, and involving 15 countries.
The United States retired its space shuttles last year and is now dependent on Russia to fly astronauts.
The safe landing of the Soyuz capsule will ease concerns about this strategy following a series of mishaps in the Russian space program.