MOSCOW - The Olympic torch is back on Earth after spending time on the International Space Station with an astronaut born in Minnesota.
The Sochi Olympic torch landed this morning in Kazakhstan accompanied by three astronauts on the Soyuz capsule, including Minnesota native Karen Nyberg.
Nyberg and the other two astronauts - an Italian and a Russian - will be checked out medically and then be given a welcome ceremony.
Karen Nyberg is from Vining, Minn. She graduated from The University of North Dakota in 1994, and went on to join NASA and take part in a 2008 mission on the space shuttle Discovery.
She blasted off into space again last May, and has been serving on the International Space Station since.
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