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Three space station crewmembers land

Russia's space agency ground specialists open the door of the Soyuz TMA-08M space capsule shortly after it landed some 91 miles southeast of tthe town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, September 11, 2013. (REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov)

Three space station crewmembers land

September 12, 2013

Two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut left the International Space Station on Tuesday, leaving a skeleton crew to maintain the outpost until replacements arrive later this month.

Outgoing station commander Pavel Vinogradov, NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin bid their crewmates good-bye and climbed aboard their Russian Soyuz capsule to prepare for a 3.5-hour flight back to Earth after 166 days in orbit. (Reuters)