Soyuz TMA-21 with three cosmonauts on board successfully landed in Kazakhstan, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reports. The capsule brought back home Russia's Andrei Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev, as well as USA's Ronald Garan. Officials with Mission Control said that the crew endured the landing well.
Three Antonov airplanes, 14 Mi-8 helicopters, as well as seven rescue vehicles took part in the search for the capsule. The three spacemen will be delivered to the airdrome of Karaganda and then to Moscow's Chkalovsky.
"The crew endured the descent and landing normally. The men feel fine; they are in good mood. The weather in the landing area in Kazakhstan is normal as well," an official spokesman for Rosaviation said.
Cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA's astronaut Michael Fossum and Japan's Satoshi Furukava will continue working on board the International Space Station.
The landing of the Soyuz capsule was delayed from September 8 to September 16 because of the failed launch of Progress M-12M space freighter at the end of August, RBC said.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said