September 17, 2012

‘Many Happy Returns’ for Space Travelers

Expedition 32 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of the Russian Federal Space Agency were greeted at the airport in Kustanai, Kazakhstan, Sept. 17 hours after landing in their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft along with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba on the steppe of Kazakhstan northeast of the town of Arkalyk. Acaba, who is not seen in the footage, flew back to Houston on a NASA plane while Padalka and Revin returned to their training base in Star City, Russia, where they were greeted by Russian space officials and family members. The trio completed 125 days in space and 123 days aboard the International Space Station following launch in mid-May.

credit:  NASA

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