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Russian space capsule lands in Kazakhstan

Aboard were Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai, ending a 168-day mission.

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A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

The capsule landed at 6:39pm local time on Sunday without apparent problems, descending under a red-and-white parachute.

On board were Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan’s Norishige Kanai, ending a 168-day mission.

The orbiting laboratory now has a crew of three – Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev.

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US astronaut Scott Tingle speaks on the phone to relatives shortly after the landing (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

Another three astronauts are to be launched to the station on Wednesday.

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