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Expedition 26 crew lands in Kazakhstan (March 16, 2011)

ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka (left) and Alexander Kaleri (center) and Commander Scott Kelly sit in chairs outside the Soyuz capsule just minutes after they landed.

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ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka (left) and Alexander Kaleri (center) and Commander Scott Kelly sit in chairs outside the Soyuz capsule just minutes after they landed.

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  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — US astronaut Scott Kelly, dressed in a Kazakh folk outfit, holds a Russian traditional matroyshka doll during a news conference in Kustanai, after landing Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Russian space agency rescuers help Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri shortly after he, cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly landed.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, dressed in a Kazakh folk outfit, is seen during a news conference in Kustanai, after landing Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka (left) and Alexander Kaleri (center) and Commander Scott Kelly sit in chairs outside the Soyuz capsule just minutes after they landed.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly wears a blue wrist band that has a peace symbol, a heart and the word 'Gabby' to show his support for his sister-in-law U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as he rested onboard a Russian Search and Rescue helicopter shortly after he and fellow crew members Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri landed in their Soyuz TMA-01M capsule on Wednesday. NASA Astronaut Kelly, Russian Cosmonauts Skripochka and Kaleri are returning from almost six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 25 and 26 crews.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Russian search and rescue personnel secure their helicopters shortly after arriving ahead of Wednesday's planned landing of the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft with Expedition 26 commander Scott Kelly and flight engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri. Astronaut Kellyand cosmonauts Skripochka and Kaleri will be returning from almost six months onboard the International Space Station, where they served as members of the Expedition 25 and 26 crews.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Russian search and rescue specialists prepare their helicopters after arriving ahead of Wednesday's planned landing of the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft with Expedition 26 commander Scott Kelly and flight engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Russian search and rescue personnel secure their helicopters shortly after arriving ahead of Wednesday's planned landing of the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft with Expedition 26 commander Scott Kelly and flight engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Russian search and rescue personnel secure their helicopters shortly after arriving ahead of Wednesday's planned landing of the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft with Expedition 26 commander Scott Kelly and flight engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri and US astronaut Scott Kelly on board lands in northern Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely Wednesday in the snowy expanses of central Kazakhstan after spending a five-month stint on the International Space Station.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri and US astronaut Scott Kelly on board lands in northern Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — A Russian space agency rescuers' helicopters stands near the Soyuz capsule with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri and US astronaut Scott Kelly on board shortly after its landing on Wednesday.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — A Russian space agency rescuers' vehicle stands near the Soyuz capsule with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri and US astronaut Scott Kelly on board shortly after its landing on Wednesday.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — A Russian space agency rescuers' helicopter stands near Soyuz capsule with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri and US astronaut Scott Kelly on board shortly after its landing Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Russian space agency rescuers help US astronaut Scott Kelly shortly after a Soyuz capsule carrying him and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely Wednesday.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Russian space agency rescuers help US astronaut Scott Kelly shortly after a Soyuz capsule carrying him and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely Wednesday.
  • ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN — Specialists carry US astronaut Scott Kelly shortly after his Soyuz capsule landed in northern Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts landed safely Wednesday in the snowy expanses of central Kazakhstan after spending a five-month stint on the International Space Station.
  • FILE — In this March 3, 2011 photo provided by NASA, inside the U.S. lab Destiny, 12 astronauts and cosmonauts take a break from a very busy week aboard the International Space Station to pose for a joint STS-133/Expedition 26 group portrait. The STS-133 crew members, all attired in red shirts, from left, are NASA astronauts Nicole Stott, Alvin Drew, Eric Boe, Steve Lindsay, Michael Barratt and Steve Bowen. The dark blue-attired Expedition 26 crew members, from left, are European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, along with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Dmitry Kondratyev, below, and Alexander Y. Kaleri and astronauts Scott Kelly and Cady Coleman, below. Serving the STS-133 and Expedition 26 missions as commanders were Lindsay and Kelly, respectively.

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