Three astronauts landed back on earth on Thursday after an uneasy stint on the ISS, which disappeared by an air gap and the failure of a rocket that set in to get new crew members.
A Soyuz spacecraft flying Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency, NASA's Serena Aunon Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev from Roscosmos from the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan, Russia's space agency said.
"It has been a landing … The crew of the manned Soyuz MS-09 has returned safely to the ground after 197 days," Roscosmos said on Twitter.
Spacecraft landed something ahead of schedule at 0802 Moscow, Roscosmos said on its website.
"The crew feels good after returning to the ground," said the space agency.
Live footage on NASA and Rosco's websites did not show the astronaut's capsule landing due to the thick fog in the Kazakh steppe.
NASA said all search and recovery helicopters had arrived at the scene and are preparing to extract crew members.
When the astronauts blew out in June, they were one of the least experienced crew ever to join the international space station – just Gerst had been on space missions before 2014.
The first significant event came in August when astronauts discovered an air leak in their Soyuz spacecraft docked to the circling space lab.
They sealed the little hole successfully, but Russia launched a survey and its space chief Dmitry Rogozin suggested that there could have been deliberate sabotage carried out in space.
Rogozin said investigators ruled out the possibility of introducing standard imports during the spacecraft production.
Prokopyev and Comrade Russian Oleg Kononenko made last week a scary space trip lasting nearly eight hours to locate the hole from the outside and record and apply evidence.
The hole was in a part of the astronauts spacecraft that would fall away and burn into the atmosphere as they landed, thus the need to carry out the probe in space.
During space, Kononenko said that there was some sort of yellow "furry" deposit that looked like a "spider" around the hole, but no conclusion was made publicly.
The crew members returned the evidence to the ground.
Their landing back on earth was originally planned for December 13, but the schedule was restored after a Soyuz rocket in October failed, and it was the next one interrupted in post-Soviet times.
Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Haag left for the ISS on October 11th, but their Soyuz rocket failed a few minutes after blast-off, which forced them to feed out and make a tough emergency landing.
By that time Gerst wrote on Twitter that astronaut survival showed "what a fantastic vehicle" the Soyuz rocket.
"Spaceflight is difficult. And we must continue to try for the benefit of humanity," he wrote.
The first successful launch of astronauts since the October accident took place on December 3, with Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space Agency.