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A joint U.S., Russian, and Japanese crew has landed safely in Kazakhstan following a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station.

The three astronauts — U.S. astronaut Kate Rubins, Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin, and Takuya Onishi of Japan — made a parachute landing on October 30 near the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan.

Their journey marks the first complete mission at the orbital laboratory for a modified Soyuz spacecraft.

The mission included the first use of a DNA sequencer in space by Rubins, a molecular biologist, and installation of a parking spot for commercial space taxis.

Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhykov of Russia and NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough remain aboard the space station.

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