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3 space station astronauts safely return to Earth after 199 days in orbit

  • Russian Soyuz TMA-15M space capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, U.S. astronaut Terry Virts and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti lands in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The three-person crew from the International Space Station landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Thursday after a longer-than-expected orbital stint. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, pool)

    Russian Soyuz TMA-15M space capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, U.S. astronaut Terry Virts and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti lands in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The three-person crew from the International Space Station landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Thursday after a longer-than-expected orbital stint. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by NASA, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti rests in a chair outside the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft just minutes after she and U.S. astronaut Terry Virts and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Virtz, Shkaplerov, and Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    In this photo provided by NASA, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti rests in a chair outside the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft just minutes after she and U.S. astronaut Terry Virts and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Virtz, Shkaplerov, and Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by NASA, United States astronaut Terry Virts is helped out of the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft just minutes after he and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, center, and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Virtz, Shkaplerov, and Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    In this photo provided by NASA, United States astronaut Terry Virts is helped out of the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft just minutes after he and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, center, and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Virtz, Shkaplerov, and Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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 (90 miles) southeast of Dzhezkazgan.

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.

A Soyuz rocket successfully launched a satellite last week, and a new crew is set to head to the station in July.