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[b]Soyuz TMA-22 returns to Earth[/b]
NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin returned to Earth on board the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on Friday after 165 days off the planet, all but two days aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The Soyuz landed on Friday (April 27) at 6:45 a.m. CST (11:45 GMT) on the steppe of Kazakhstan, near the town of Arkalyk.
Burbank, Shkaplerov, and Ivanishin arrived at the space station on Nov. 16 aboard the same spacecraft, TMA-22, as they landed, joining the Expedition 29 crew as flight engineers. ISS Expedition 30 began and Burbank took command when Expedition 29 crew members Mike Fossum, Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov left the station on Nov. 21.
Their mission over, the three TMA-22 crew members will be flown to Karaganda for a Kazakh welcome home ceremony. Shkaplerov and Ivanishin will then go to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, outside of Moscow, while Burbank will be flown to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to begin his rehabilitation.
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