A vessel carrying two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut from the International Space Station landed in snowy Kazakhstan on Wednesday after a five-and-a-half months mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed.
The scientists in the capsule were Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei from the U.S National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Alexander Misurkin from Russia space agency Roscosmos, said BBC quoting the NASA TV.
NASA said the Soyuz spacecraft landed in the snow-covered steppe some 90 miles southeast of the central city of Zhezkazgan at 8.31 a.m. (0231 GMT).
Members of the Russian search and recovery team helped the crew to come out of the capsule. Misurkin, a Russian was helped by his Russian team. He was the first crew to emerge from the spacecraft, followed by Acaba.
It is reported that the three had spent five and a half months at the ISS, a $100 billion lab that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.
They are due to be replaced by NASA’s Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold, and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, whose spacecraft will blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, also in Kazakhstan, on March 21.