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Three crew members of the International Space Station, including Norishige Kanai of Japan, returned to Earth on Sunday after completing a 5½-month mission, NASA said.

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Kanai, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American Scott Tingle landed in the Kazakhstan countryside around 6:40 p.m., 3½ hours after leaving from the station.

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