Soyuz space crew land safely in Kazakhstan

A Russian Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft has landed three men safely back on earth after their 197-day mission aboard the the International Space Station.

A Russian space capsule with three men onboard has safely landed in a barren steppe in Kazakhstan after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

The Soyuz MS-08 carrying Russia's Oleg Artemyev and NASA's Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold touched down at 10.45pm AEST on Thursday.

The two Americans performed three space walks to carry out maintenance during their 197-day stay at the orbiting lab.

Artemyev conducted one spacewalk together with a fellow Russian.

A NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are due to launch next week to join three astronauts who remain in the orbit.

Published 4 October 2018 at 10:48pm
Source: AAP