After five and a half months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi, landed safely in Kazakhstan yesterday, aboard their Soyuz-17 spacecraft.
The Soyuz -17 undocked the ISS at 8:04pm EDT, and landed at 11:25pm, east of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
Creamer, from the US, and Noguchi, from Japan, will fly to Houston on Wednesday.
The threesome had left for the ISS on December 21, 2009, and spent 161 days on the space station. While there, they helped with 3 shuttle missions, which delivered the U.S. Tranquility module and its cupola; finished on U.S. laboratory research facilities; and attached the Russian Rassvet laboratory and storage module.
Three members of the next space station expedition team are currently aboard the ISS, Commander Alexander Skvortskov, NASA Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko. On June 15th they will be joined by Flight Engineers Douglas Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchickhin, to complete the new expedition team.