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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Space Crew Returns

MOSCOW () -- France's first woman astronaut and two Russian crewmates returned to Earth from the orbiting space station Mir on Monday, Itar-Tass said.

The Soyuz TM-23 spaceship carrying Claudie-Andre Deshays, Yury Onufrienko and Yury Usachev landed about 108 kilometers southwest of the city of Akmola in Kazakhstan.

Dozens of Russian and French technicians were on hand for the landing, the news agency said.

Deshays, a 39-year-old rheumatologist and an expert in neuroscience, spent two weeks aboard the Russian space station studying the effects of weightlessness on the human body.