Soyuz TMA-01M Returns with Three ISS Crewmembers

The Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-01M returned last night bearing three crew members from the International Space Station Expedition 26.

Scott Kelly and Russian Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Kaleri, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 9:27 PM Phoenix time Tuesday night from the station’s Poisk module. The trio landed at 12:54 AM (0754 UTC) Wednesday at a site northeast of the town of Arkalyk.

Soyuz Crew
Soyuz TMA-01M Crew
Image Credit: Energia

Soyuz in Winter
Soyuz TMA-01M in Kazakhstan
Image Credit: NASA TV