A Soyuz space capsule carrying Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan’s Norishige Kanai from the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan.
The capsule hit the ground at 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT) Sunday.
Anton Shkaplerov, who was the first to be lifted and carried from the capsule, told the camera crew: “We are a bit tired but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth. We are glad the weather is sunny.”
The three men worked on a variety of scientific experiments during their time on the ISS. Tingle also completed a spacewalk to mend the station’s robotic arm.
The astronauts will later be taken to Karaganda, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the northeast. There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston.