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March 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three members of the Expedition 34 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth on Friday, wrapping up a mission lasting more than four and a half months. Expedition 35 now is under way.
Kevin Ford of NASA and Soyuz Commander
Evgeny Tarelkin and Flight Engineer
Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency undocked their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft from the space station at
6:43 p.m. CDT and landed northeast of Arkalyk,
Kazakhstan, at about
10:10 p.m. (
March 16, Kazakh time). The trio arrived at the station
Oct. 25, 2012, and spent 144 days in space, 142 of which were aboard the orbiting laboratory.
Canadian Space Agency astronaut
Chris Hadfield is in command of Expedition 35. He is the first Canadian to serve as station commander. Hadfield and his crewmates,
Tom Marshburn of NASA and Russian cosmonaut
Roman Romanenko will work aboard the station until three additional crew members, including NASA astronaut
Chris Cassidy, arrive in late March.
Ford, Tarelkin, and Novitskiy orbited Earth 2,304 times and traveled almost 61 million miles.
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