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Down to Earth: Astronauts safely return after space mission

Last Updated Oct 3, 2019 at 7:20 am PST

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, right, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, centre, and United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, sit in chairs shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-12 space capsule about 150 km ( 90 miles) south-east of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A Soyuz space capsule with U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and United Arab Emirates astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, returning from a mission to the International Space Station landed safely on Thursday on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

Astronauts from U.S., Russia, UAE land safely after six-hour flight from ISS

The three astronauts spent six months at the International Space Station

Three NASA astronauts, a European Space Agency crewmember and two Russians remain aboard the ISS

ZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan — An American, a Russian and the first person from the United Arab Emirates to fly into space landed safely on Thursday after a six-hour flight from the International Space Station.

The capsule carrying Nick Hague, Alexey Ovchinin and Hazzaa al-Mansoori touched down on the steppe in Kazakhstan in Central Asia at 3:59 p.m. local time (1059 GMT), the impact sending a cloud of dust into the sky.

Al-Mansoori, the first of two men chosen by the United Arab Emirates to fly to the space station, returned after an eight-day mission while space veteran Ovchinin and Hague, who was on his maiden flight, are back after spending six months at the station.