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Soyuz

In this handout image provided by NASA, family of the newly arrived International Station Expedition 33/34 crew members, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, front left, NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, front center, and Russian cosmonaut Evgeny Tarelkin, front right, talk via phone to the crew from the Russian Mission Control Center shortly after the three joined Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, back left, Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA, back center, and Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency October 25, 2012 in Korolev, Russia. The Soyuz TMA-06M with Expedition 33/34 crew members, NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan two days ago. The Soyuz crew members were greeted by Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency, who have lived in the orbital laboratory since July. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

Soyuz spacecraft makes rare night landing

A Russian Soyuz space capsule

made a rare nighttime landing in the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan early Nov. 19, returning three astronauts to Earth after a four-month voyage

to the International Space Station.