NASA's Jack Fischer completed his rookie spaceflight accumulating 136 days in space aboard the ISS.
Russian search and recovery forces quickly arrived via a cluster of MI-8 helicopters after the soft landing to begin their normal procedures to extract the three crew members from the Soyuz.
While aboard ISS, Whitson executed four spacewalks.
"The best thing is that after you have harvested for the science, he had to eat the rest!", she said his vegetables space.
Roscosmos' Sergey Ryazanskiy, NASA's Randy Bresnik and European Space Agency's (ESA) Paolo Nespoli will remain at the ISS until the Expedition 53/54 comes. Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, are scheduled to launch September 12 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Whitson, a biochemist, set a breakneck pace on all three of her space station expeditions.
Pennsylvania airmen deployed to Harvey storm zone
Oklahoma Army National Guard's LUH-72 Lakota helicopter, with hoist capability, and crew departed Oklahoma on Tuesday morning. Since making landfall on Friday, Harvey has dumped 9 trillion gallons of water on Texas.
Economy adds 156K jobs in August
In August, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $22.12. As for what all those workers are getting paid - wages remain in a "hold" pattern, with barely a gain seen all year.