Soyuz capsule lands in Kazakhstan

May 11, 2012

A Soyuz space capsule carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut has landed safely in Kazakhstan, less than four hours after undocking from the International Space Station.

Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Daniel Burbank returned to Earth after a 163-day mission on the ISS.

Since Nasa’s shuttle fleet retired, Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft are the only method of getting crew to and from the space station, but the first privately funded cargo shipment – SpaceX – will launch on 30 April.