A trio of astronauts have landed in Kazakhstan after spending the last six months on the International Space Station.
Russian cosmonaut and station commander, Dmitry Kondratyev was the first out of the Russian Soyuz capsule. He drank water and appeared relaxed as rescue crews wiped sweat from his brow.
American flight engineer, Catherine Coleman also appeared in good shape as she descended. But Italian flight engineer Paolo Nespoli looked a little worse for wear.
A Soyuz has never headed for home while a shuttle was attached to the space station. Endeavour is making its penultimate flight, so it will not happen again. Their departure leaves three people onboard the ISS along with the six-man crew of the Endeavour.