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Soyuz capsule returns from space station

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September 10, 2013 11:34 PM EST | AP

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MOSCOW — A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts has touched down on Earth after undocking from the International Space Station after 166 days in space.

NASA's Chris Cassidy and Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin landed safely Wednesday in Kazakhstan, where they launched on March 29.

Live NASA footage showed the three men emerging from the capsule and onto the sunny Kazakh steppe, where they will first be put into reclining chairs that will help them readjust to the earth's gravity.

The Soyuz is the only means for international astronauts to reach the orbiting laboratory since the decommissioning of the U.S. shuttle fleet in 2011.