MOSCOW (AP) _ Space officials say a Soyuz capsule carrying an
American and two Russians back to Earth from the international
space station has touched down on target in Kazakhstan.
Russian Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin says the crew of
the TMA-12 felt fine after the landing at 11:37 p.m. EDT on Friday.
A NASA TV announcer said Mi-8 helicopters were landing at the
site near Arkalyk in north-central Kazakhstan to fetch the crew and
the hatch was opened.
American Richard Garriott paid some $30 million for a 10-day
stay on the space station. He is the son of a NASA astronaut and
the first American to follow a parent into space. Cosmonauts Sergei
Volkov and Oleg Kononenko spent six months at the station.
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