Astronauts Safely Return to Earth After 199 Days in Orbit

A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in Kazakhstan after a longer than expected orbital stint. NASA's Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Russia's Anton Shkaplerov returned to Earth after 199 days on the station, nearly a month more than planned. Their Soyuz capsule landed on schedule Thursday about 145 kilometers southeast of Dzhezkazgan and the mission's extension was caused by the failed launch of a Russian cargo ship in April. The Soyuz rocket that failed in April is used to launch spacecraft carrying crews, so Russian space officials delayed the crew's return and further launches pending an investigation.