Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth rounding off a mission of more than five months aboard the International Space Station.
Alexander Misurkin of Russia's Roscosmos space agency and NASA's Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba touched down on steppe land southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan at the expected time of 0231 GMT.
Misurkin, 40, who handed over command of the International Space Station to compatriot Anton Shkaplerov and took charge of the Soyuz descent module carrying the trio down to Earth has spent 334 days in space over two flights.
Following him out of the craft that landed upright were Acaba, 50, who has now racked up some 10 months in orbit over three missions and his 51-year-old colleague Vande Hei, who was in space for the first time.
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