Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov, JAXA’s Soichi Noguchi and NASA’s T.J. Creamer landed safely on the steppe of Kazakhstan on June 2, 2010 after bidding farewell to the Expedition 24 crew and undocking their Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft from the International Space Station. The trio completed almost six months in space following launch on December 21, 2009 and docking on December 23. They are shown being assisted by Russian personnel into reclining chairs to begin their adaptation to gravity after being extracted from their capsule in Kazakhstan. Remaining on the ISS are Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, and Commander Alexander Skvortsov, who now become members of Expedition 24.
Expedition Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan
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