Descending gently under a parachute, the Soyuz crew module settled to a jarring rocket-assisted touchdown near the town of Dzezkazgan at 9:21 p.m. EDT (GMT-4; 7:21 a.m. Sunday local time).
Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (C), USA astronauts Jack Fischer (R) and Peggy Whitson pose shortly after landing the Russian Soyuz MS-04 space capsule in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), in Kazakhstan, on September 3, 2017.
"This is the estimated re-entry time", the official said.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson is home safe after spending a record 288 days on the International Space Station.
The record-breaking Whitson on Saturday completed a total of 665 days in space during her career, more than any other American astronaut.
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Fischer returned after 136 days away.
The Soyuz capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, on September 3, 2017. After a mission of 288 days, the NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has made Sunday stis return to Earth from the worldwide space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz with an american colleague and a Russian.
After landing, the three-member crew, namely Russian space agency Roscosmos Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and NASA Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, underwent post-flight medical tests.
While aboard ISS, Whitson executed four spacewalks.
"Among their scientific exploits, Whitson and Fischer supported research into the physical changes to astronaut's eyes caused by prolonged exposure to a microgravity environment".
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"The best thing is that after you have harvested for the science, he had to eat the rest!", she said his vegetables space.
"Additional research included an antibody investigation that could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment, and the study of plant physiology and growth in space using an advanced plant habitat".
At the time of undocking, Expedition 53 will begin aboard the station under the command of Randy Bresnik. Across three space station missions, Whitson has spent 60 hours and 21 minutes outside ISS. They are to be joined by Russia's Aleksandr Misurkin, and NASA's Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba, whose Soyuz MS-06 is due to blast off on September 13.
Expedition 52 crew returns to Earth Sept. 2, 2017.
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