The first female paying space tourist, Anousheh Ansari, has landed on the Kazakh steppe after a journey back from the International Space Station (ISS).
The Soyuz capsule also carried fellow US astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov. It landed in the 56-mile (90km) predicted zone.
The craft slowed its descent by firing rockets and opening parachutes until it landed softly on its side in a field.
A dozen helicopter rescue teams rushed over to help the astronauts out.
Ms Ansari was given a bunch of red roses by an official as well as a kiss from her husband, Hamid.
All three astronauts were carried on reclining chairs to waiting helicopters. From Kustanai, Kazakhstan, they were to fly to a training centre outside Moscow.
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