A Day Late, Soyuz Lands in Kazakhstan

Despite earlier glitch, landing goes flawlessly
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2010 6:18 AM CDT
A Day Late, Soyuz Lands in Kazakhstan
Russian Space agency rescue specialists carry astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson just after the Soyuz TMA-18 landed in central Kazakhstan, on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko and American NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson...   (AP Photo/Maxim Shipenkov, Pool)

Russia's Soyuz space capsule safely touched down in a Kazakhstan steppe this morning, reports the AP, landing flawlessly a day after being delayed by an undocking glitch with the International Space Station. "That was almost a bull's-eye landing," said a NASA spokesman as Russian officials swarmed the landing site to pull astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko from the Soyuz.

Only two flights remain for the US space shuttle fleet before it retires permanently and the US is entirely dependent of foreign spacecraft.
(More Soyuz stories.)

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