Soyuz Capsule Returns To Earth

By: CNN
By: CNN

(CNN/AP) -- Three Expedition 39 crew members are landing back on Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station:

-Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency
-Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
-Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA

Soyuz undocked from the ISS earlier Tuesday. It should land in the steppe of Kazakhstan southeast of Dzhezkazgan at 9:58 p.m. ET (7:58 a.m. Wednesday, Kazakh time).

The landing completes a journey of over 79 million statute miles and more than 3,000 orbits of the Earth for the trio since launching to the station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan back on Nov. 7.

And, after it lands, you may want to go watch astronaut Chris Hadfield's cover of 'Space Oddity' before it's too late. His version of the David Bowie classic from the space station and integrating many of the things astronauts go through there went viral last year.

But, alas, Hadfield said he only had permission to use the song for a year and the clock has run out. So, if you haven't seen it, here it is:


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