19 Nov 2012

Astronauts back from ISS

10:57 pm on 19 November 2012

Three astronauts have returned to earth after a four-month stay on the International Space Station.

Their Soyuz space capsule parachuted down safely in Kazakhstan, where they were picked up by helicopter, the BBC reports.

The astronauts - from Russia, Japan and the United States - performed a series of experiments while on the space station, from testing the effects of low gravity on the spinal cord to investigating melting glaciers on earth, the BBC says.

Agence France Press reports tThe Russian Space Flight Control Centre announced the arrival.

Images transmitted by Nasa a message flashed on the screens of the centre: "Landing Accomplished".

Russia's Yury Malenchenko, Sunita Williams of the US and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan touched down as scheduled just before 0200 GMT on Monday.