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Soyuz spacecraft successfully landed in Kazakhstan

April 9 2006

Soyuz TMA-7 with cosmonaut Valery Tokarev, William MacArthur and Marcus Pontes landed in a given area, 50 km from the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan.

Being of all astronauts normal.

During the landing, "the Union" in the Moscow Mission Control Center followed Federal Space Agency head Anatoly Perminov and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin.

The crew arrives in Moscow today at the airport Chkalovsky around 11:00 GMT.

Tokarev and William McArthur worked on the station since October 3, 2005. For the Brazilian astronaut Marcus Pontes it was the first flight. He has spent at the station several scientific experiments. According to news agency Interfax , the Brazilian government will pay for the flight of astronaut about $ 20 million previously reported that NASA in 2006 to pay for flights with two of its astronauts to the ISS on Russian ships to more than $ 40 million

To the ISS in the coming six months will run Russian Pavel Vinogradov and American Jeffrey Williams. In July, to be joined by German astronaut Thomas Reiter, who has flown to the ISS with the crew of an American shuttle.

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