RAW: Soyuz spacecraft and crew land safely back to Earth after 172 days in orbit

The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft and its expedition crew landed back on Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) in Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, after 172 days in orbit.

Members of Expedition 48 NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexei Ovchinin successfully undocked the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft from the ISS on Tuesday, before making their way home and eventually landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

During their 172 days in space, the Expedition 48 crew members partook in hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science.

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