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Astronauts land safely back on Earth after year in space

Three astronauts who have spent a year aboard the International Space Station have landed safely back on Earth.

Scott Kelly spent a year in space Credit: Reuters

The trio were part of an experiment to measure the impact of lengthy periods in zero gravity on the human body, as part of preparations for future space travel.

The landing took place in a steppe near the city of Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan at 10:26am local time (4.26am GMT), Nasa reported. A search and rescue team has located the capsule.

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Tim Peake's historic spacewalk from ISS ended early

Tim Peake's historic spacewalk has ended early by the flight director with the "major task accomplished", the International Space Station has confirmed.

A small amount of water had built up in the helmet of Major Peake's spacewalk colleague Tim Kopra, the ISS said, but were astronauts were safe and the decision to end the walk was precautionary.

Rocket that will propel Tim Peake into space rolled out

The rocket which will propel British astronaut Tim Peake into space has been rolled out to its launchpad in Kazakhstan.

The 162-ft long Soyuz FG rocket is manoeuvred into position. Credit: PA

Major Peake, 43, will be launched into space on Tuesday at the start of an historic mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

He will be the first 100% British professional astronaut to leave the Earth.

On Sunday the 162-ft long Soyuz FG rocket was slowly manoeuvred into position ready for blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers is in Kazakhstan:

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