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Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Russian recovery team arrives at the landing site of the Soyuz TMA-05M capsule near Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on November 18, 2012 (Pacific Time).
NASA / Bill Ingalls

Welcome home, Expedition 33... After a 127-day sojourn in low-Earth orbit, three Expedition 33 crew members safely touched down in a remote area near Arkalyk, Kazakhstan a few hours ago. The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, JAXA crew member Akihiko Hoshide and Roscosmos cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko landed at 5:56 PM, Pacific Standard Time (7:56 AM, Monday morning in Kazakhstan). The image above shows a Russian recovery team arriving at the landing site of the Soyuz capsule, while the photos below were taken of the spacecraft re-entering Earth's atmosphere as seen from aboard the International Space Station.

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft carrying the Expedition 33 crew departs from the International Space Station on November 18, 2012 (Pacific Time).
NASA / Roscosmos

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft carrying the Expedition 33 crew departs from the International Space Station on November 18, 2012 (Pacific Time).
NASA / Roscosmos

The Soyuz TMA-05M's descent module re-enters Earth's atmosphere, as seen from aboard the International Space Station on November 18, 2012 (Pacific Time).
NASA / Roscosmos

The Soyuz TMA-05M's descent module re-enters Earth's atmosphere, as seen from aboard the International Space Station on November 18, 2012 (Pacific Time).
NASA / Roscosmos

The Soyuz TMA-05M's descent module re-enters Earth's atmosphere, as seen from aboard the International Space Station on November 18, 2012 (Pacific Time).
NASA / Roscosmos

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