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Astronaut Scott Kelly returns to Earth

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, right, and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, left, and Sergey Volkov rest outside the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft minutes after they landed near Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday. Kelly and Kornienko completed a record year-long mission on the International Space Station. Volkov returned after spending six months on the station.

 (Bill Ingals / NASA)
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U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, back on Earth. Kelly’s identical twin brother, fellow NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, has spent the last year on Earth. Because the brothers have the exact same DNA, the twins are giving agency scientists a unique opportunity to examine how living in space affects the human body.

 (Bill Ingalls / NASA)
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Ground personnel help Sergey Volkov of Russia out of the Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule.

 (Kirill Kudryavtsev / Pool)
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Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko is carried into a medical tent after landing.

 (Bill Ingals / NASA)
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A search and rescue team works at the landing site of the Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule that carried the International Space Station crew back to Earth.

 (Kirill Kudryavtsev / Pool)
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International Space Station crew member Mikhail Kornienko inside the Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule after landing in a remote area of Kazakhstan.

 (Kirill Kudryavtsev / Pool)
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Search and rescue teams work at the site in Kazakhstan where the Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule landed.

 (Kirill Kudryavtsev / Pool)
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Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule, carrying the International Space Station crew, descends over Kazakhstan.

 (Kirill Kudryavtsev / Pool)
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