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Space Station Trio Lands Safely In Kazakhstan



Sept. 16, 2011

Joshua Buck 
Headquarters, Washington                                         
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Kelly Humphries 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
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RELEASE: 11-303

SPACE STATION TRIO LANDS SAFELY IN KAZAKHSTAN



HOUSTON -- Three International Space Station crew members safely 
returned to Earth Friday, Sept. 16, wrapping up a six-month mission 
of research and exploration. 

NASA's Ron Garan, Expedition 28 commander Andrey Borisenko and flight 
engineer Alexander Samokutyaev, both of the Russian Federal Space 
Agency, landed their Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan at midnight EDT 
(10 a.m. in Kazakhstan). The trio, which arrived at the station on 
April 6, had been scheduled to land on Sept. 8, but that was 
postponed because of the Aug. 24 loss of the Progress 44 cargo ship. 

Before leaving the station, Borisenko handed over command to NASA's 
Mike Fossum, who leads Expedition 29. He and Flight Engineers Satoshi 
Furukawa of Japan and Sergei Volkov of Russia are conducting research 
and maintenance aboard the station. The launch date for the remaining 
Expedition 29 crew members, NASA's Dan Burbank, and Russia's Anatoly 
Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov, is under review. 

Fossum is blogging about his experiences aboard the space station at: 



http://blogs.nasa.gov 


For more information about Expedition 29 and the space station, visit: 




http://www.nasa.gov/station 

	
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