On May 24, 2011 at 02:27 UTC the Russian "Soyuz TMA-20” landing capsule landed safely in 147 kilometers to East from the city of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Having spent in space 159 days, 7 hours and 16 minutes, Russian cosmonaut Dmitriy Kondratjev, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli and American astronaut Catherine Coleman returned to Earth.
From left to right: Catherine Coleman, Dmitriy Kondratjev, Paolo Nespoli (photo NASA).
The crew is in good condition after the landing. The search for the reentry capsule was conducted by 17 aircraft (three planes and fourteen Mi-8 helicopters) and seven rescue vehicles.
The remaining three members of Expedition 27, Russian cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Aleksandr Samokutyayev as well as U.S. astronaut Ronald Garan, have been transferred to the Expedition 28 and continue their work on board the ISS.
The launch of the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft with the other three Expedition 28 members (Russiaan cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and US astronaut Michael Fossum) is to be performed in the beginning of June.