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Soyuz space capsule returns to Earth

  • In this photo released by NASA,  Astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is helped out of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft just minutes after the NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, and Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    In this photo released by NASA, Astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is helped out of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft just minutes after the NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, and Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by NASA, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins talks to her family via satellite phone shortly after she is helped out of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft along with Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) who landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    In this photo released by NASA, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins talks to her family via satellite phone shortly after she is helped out of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft along with Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) who landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by NASA, astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) talks on a satellite phone as he is carried into a medical tent out of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft just minutes after the NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, and Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    In this photo released by NASA, astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) talks on a satellite phone as he is carried into a medical tent out of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft just minutes after the NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, and Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing back three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station.

The landing took place Sunday morning near Dzhezkazgan on the treeless Central Asian steppes.

Kate Rubins of NASA, Japan's Takuya Onisihi and Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia were removed from the capsule and sat on the steppes still in their capsule seats while they readjusted to the forces of gravity after nearly four months in weightless conditions, then were taken to a nearby medical tent for initial examination.

Andrei Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhykov of Russia and NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough remain aboard the space station.