Three astronauts returning from the International Space Station landed safely Friday in their Russian Soyuz capsule, touching down at a landing site in Kazakhstan at about 10 a.m. local time after 164 days in space.
The return flight brought NASA astronaut Ron Garan and cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev of Russia safely home.
Now the race is on to see if a replacement crew can be sent to the orbiting space laboratory before the remaining three astronauts aboard the ISS return to Earth in November. A mission to send a new team to the space station has been scheduled for Nov. 14, just days ahead of the remaining ISS crew’s scheduled return on Nov. 22.
American Michael Fossum, Russian Sergei Volkov, and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan remain aboard the space station