Three astronauts returned to Earth on Thursday after more than six months aboard the international space station.
A Russian Soyuz capsule with NASA's Serena Aunon chancellor, Russian Sergey Prokopyev and German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency landed on the snowy steppes in Kazakhstan, about 140 kilometers southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan.
They touched one minute ahead of schedule at. 12:02 ET.
The crew radiated that they felt fine. Russian rescue teams in helicopters and terrain vehicles rushed to the landing ground to extract astronauts from the capsule burned by a burning trip through the atmosphere.
The trio has spent 197 days in the room. It was the first mission of Aunon Chancellor and Prokopyev, while Gerst flew his second for a total of 362 days in circuits and set ESA's air travel record.
The rescue crew helped the crew in their balky packages, left the capsule and carried out an initial medical examination. The astronauts will be taken to Dzhezkazgan for a brief welcome ceremony before flying to their respective countries for more thorough investigations.
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Russian Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, who have arrived at the station earlier this month, must remain in circuits until June.