Expedition 27 crew returns to Earth safely


The crew of Expedition 27 landed successfully on Earth yesterday following their departure from the International Space Station (ISS).

They landed in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft, the same in which they launched last December.

Commander Dmitri Kondratyev and flight engineers Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli spent approximately five months on the ISS, and worked on over 150 microgravity experiments.

The flight was the first for cosmonaut Kondratyev, third for NASA astronaut Coleman and second for ESA astronaut Nespoli.