ALMATY (Reuters) - Three astronauts inside a Russian Soyuz capsule parachuted safely back to Earth on Tuesday, landing on the snowbound Kazakh steppe after nearly six months on the International Space Station. US astronaut Mike Fossum, Japans Satoshi Furukawa and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov landed at 0226 GMT, shortly before sunrise at the landing site in Kazakhstan, NASA TV showed. The Soyuz has landed on its side not unusual in windy conditions, NASA said. A spokesman for Mission Control in Moscow said communications had been established with the crew and that all three astronauts were safe.