The three worldwide crew members of Expedition 49 have safely landed in Kazakhstan, concluding their 115-day mission in orbit. The crew has already packed up and is ready for the upcoming three-and-a-half hour return flight to Earth.
The astronauts were removed from the capsule fairly swiftly because it landed upright.
The three crew members who went into orbit last week - NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Russia's Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko - now have the station to themselves.
Rubins, left, Russia's Anatoly Ivanishin, centre, and Japan's Takuya Onishi sit in chairs and readjust to gravity just minutes after they landed.
Another International Space Station (ISS) crew is all set to make their way back to Earth on the morning of October 29 (Eastern Standard Time). She became the 60th woman to fly in space when she launched on a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station on July 6, 2016.
"I'm kind of reluctant to close the hatch", Ivanishin said during a change-of-command ceremony Friday before leaving the ISS. The Russian ITAR-TASS press agency reports that the search and rescue team comprises around 200 military servicemen, fourteen Mi-8 helicopters, an Antonov An-12, an An-26 aircraft, and 20 other planes including four search-and-evacuate amphibious aircraft. "A little slower than expected, but all plant pillows were successfully primed for the first time in our Veg series", Nicole Dufour, NASA's Veggie project manager, said in a NASA news release.
The ISS space laboratory has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000kph since 1998.
They will have the station to themselves until November 19 when three fresh crew members - Soyuz MS-03 commander Oleg Novitskiy, European Space Agency flight engineer Thomas Pesquet and veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson - arrive two days after their own launch from Baikonur.