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Topic:Soyuz TMA-13M mission to the space station
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Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Soyuz TMA-13M returns trio to Earth after 165 days on space station

An American, a Russian, and a German returned from the International Space Station late Sunday night (Nov. 9), landing in Kazakhstan after spending 165 days in orbit.

"What a ride it has been," NASA astronaut Reid Weisman posted on Twitter just before he, Roscosmos cosmonaut Maxim Surayev and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst closed the hatch separating their Russian Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft from their home of five and a half months, the International Space Station, at 4:27 p.m. EST (2127 GMT).

Three hours later at 7:31 p.m. EST (0031 GMT), the three Expedition 40/41 crewmates undocked the Soyuz from the orbiting laboratory's Rassvet mini-research module, setting off on their return to Earth. Monitoring their departure from onboard the station were Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore and cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyayev and Elena Serova, who arrived at the outpost in September.

The Soyuz crew performed a 4-minute, 41-second engine burn at 10:05 p.m. EST (0305 GMT), slowing the craft and causing it to fall out of orbit.

After reentering the atmosphere and descending under a parachute, Wiseman, Surayev and Gerst touched down on the frigid steppe of Kazakhstan at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT; 9:58 a.m. Kazakh local time, Nov. 10), northeast of the remote town of Arkalyk.

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