FILE - This May 23, 2010 image provided by NASA shows the International Space Station with the Earth in the background made from the space shuttle Atlantis after undocking. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, NASA said the White House was poised to announce an extension of the space station's lifetime until at least 2024. The previous end-of-life date was 2020. (AP Photo/NASA)
Three astronauts who had spent a half-year aboard the International Space Station are back on Earth.
They landed in Kazakhstan this morning, with their capsule descending under a white parachute.
Back home are American Rick Mastracchio (muh-STRAK'-ee-oh), Russian Mikhail Tyurin (mih-hah-EEL' TYOO'-rin) and Koichi Wakata (koh-EE'-chee wah-KAH'-tah) of Japan.