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Soyuz TMA-22 capsule with Expedition 30 aboard lands in a remote area outside the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan, on April 27. US astronaut Dan Burbank, Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, landed today safely in the Kazakh steppe aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after a stay of over five months aboard the International Space Station.

Touchdown! Soyuz Lands with Expedition 31 Crew. A Soyuz TMA-03M space capsule makes a pinpoint landing on July 1, 2012, to return three members of the Expedition 31 astronaut crew home from the International Space Station. The capsule landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tucked the newly arrived Dragon cargo capsule into a berthing port on the Harmony connecting node just after noon on Friday, capping a key test flight for NASA’s new commercial space initiative.

Expedition 31 NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin pose for photos before their final qualification test in preparation for flight, April 24, 2012 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are set to launch to the International Space Station May 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

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