Touchdown! | ISS crew returns to Earth

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    Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, and American astronaut Kate Rubins have returned to Earth from the International Space Station. Their Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft landed in the steppe 147km away from the Kazakhstan city of Zhezkazgan.

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    In This Story: Kazakhstan

    Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country mainly located in Central Asia with a smaller portion west of the Ural River in Eastern Europe.

    Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country. It has a population of 18.3 million residents, and has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Since 1997, the capital is Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana. It was moved from Almaty, the country’s largest city.

    Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence during the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    Kazakhstan is the most dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region’s GDP, primarily through its oil and gas industry. It also has vast mineral resources. Kazakhstan is a member of the United Nations (UN), WTO, CIS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Eurasian Economic Union, CSTO, OSCE, OIC, CCTS, and TURKSOY.

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