The Soyuz spacecraft landed back in Kazakhstan early Wednesday after a six-month trip to the International Space Station — carrying a Russian, an American and a space tourist.
“Search groups have reported that the spacecraft landed within a planned area. All the crew members are feeling well,” a mission control representative told Russia’s Interfax news agency. The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft was launched from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October. Soyuz — the workhorse of the Russian space program — carried NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Michael Fincke, Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov and space tourist Charles Simonyi. Simonyi, an American billionaire, was making his second privately funded trip to the space station.