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Jason DavisMarch 12, 2015

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Returns to Earth

Three International Space Station crew members are back on Earth today following a morning Soyuz landing on the snowy steppes of Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, along with cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, descended in their Soyuz spacecraft through a layer of fog, touching down at 8:07 a.m. local time (10:07 p.m. Wednesday EDT, 14:07 UTC Thursday).

The Soyuz TMA-14M capsule landed upright, with all three crew members emerging in good spirits. The station’s crew complement is now down to three, with Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti remaining in space. On March 27, NASA’s Scott Kelly, along with Russia’s Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka, will launch aboard another Soyuz from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Kelly and Kornienko will begin the first one-year ISS mission, designed to collect long-duration data on how the human body responds to space.

Soyuz and moon

NASA / Bill Ingalls

Soyuz and moon
With the moon in the background, Soyuz TMA-14M descends toward Earth.
Soyuz, sun and fog

NASA / Bill Ingalls

Soyuz, sun and fog
Soyuz TMA-14M floats toward a layer of fog in Kazakhstan.
Soyuz TMA-14M

NASA / Bill Ingalls

Soyuz TMA-14M
Soyuz TMA-14 descends under parachute.
Expedition 42 crew

NASA / Bill Ingalls

Expedition 42 crew
The crew of Expedition 42 returned to Earth after a 167-day stay aboard the International Space Station. From left: Elena Serova, Alexander Samokutyaev, Barry Wilmore.

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