CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) —  Three International Space Station (ISS) astronauts have made their way back to Earth.

An American and two Russians landed early Thursday in Kazakhstan after 5½ months aboard the ISS. They returned in a Russian Soyuz capsule that parachuted down through a clear sky. NASA said everything appeared to go well.

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NASA astronaut Steven Swanson and Russian crewmen Oleg Artemiev and Alexander Skvortsov flew to the orbiting outpost last March. Their departure leaves three men still up there: an American, Russian and German.

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The Russian Space Agency will launch a fresh three-person crew on Sept. 25. That crew will include a Russian woman, a rarity in space travel. Elena Serova will become only the fourth Russian woman to fly in space and the first in nearly two decades.

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