BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The crew of Expedition 29 returned to earth safely after more than five months of research and exploration on the International Space Station, NASA said.
They crew spent 165 days aboard the ISS and 167 days in orbit, NASA said in a release.
The space station is now occupied by Expedition 30 Cmdr. Dan Burbank and flight engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin.
After undergoing physical exams and a welcoming ceremony at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Fossum and Furukawa boarded a NASA jet bound for Houston, while Volkov returned to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia.
NASA said three additional Expedition 30 flight engineers -- NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers -- are scheduled to launch for the space station Dec. 21.