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Soyuz Landing Photos: Expedition 39 Crew Returns to Earth

JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata Returns to Earth

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, commander of the International Space Station's Expedition 39 mission, is helped out of the Soyuz capsule after a successful landing of the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Wakata returned to Earth with American astronaut Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin. [Read the Full Story Here]

Astronaut Koichi Wakata Returns to Earth

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is carried in a chair to a medical tent after returning to Earth aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft. Wakata, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA, landed near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. [Read the Full Story Here]

NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio After Landing

NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is carried in a chair to a medical tent just after returning to Earth aboard a Soyuz TMA-11M near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on May 14, 2014. He returned to Earth with Expedition 39 commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Soyuz commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos after more than six months on the International Space Station. [Read the Full Story Here]

Expedition 39 Crewmembers' Landing Site

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Graphic showing where three members of the International Space Station's Expedition 39 touched down on May 13, 2014. [Read the Full Story Here]

Recovery Crews Arrive at Soyuz Landing

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Ground personnel arrive at the landing site seconds after the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft landed with Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on May 14, 2014. [Read the Full Story Here]

Koichi Wakata After Touchdown on May 13, 2014

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Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata smiles after returning to Earth aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule on May 13, 2014. [Read the Full Story Here]

Soyuz Processed After Landing, May 13, 2014

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Technicians process a Russian Soyuz capsule after it delivered three crew members of the International Space Station's Expedition 39 to Earth on May 13, 2014. [Read the Full Story Here]

Soyuz Spacecraft Docked During Expedition 39

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A Russian Soyuz spacecraft is seen docked to the International Space Station, as photographed by one of the Expedition 39 crew members aboard the orbital outpost. [Read the Full Story Here] [Read the Full Story Here]

Soyuz Hatch Closing

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Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin and Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata close the hatch to Soyuz as they and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio prepare for the return to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station. [Read the Full Story Here]

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