With 800,000 Twitter followers astronaut Chris Hadfield managed to capture the world's imagination.
Since arriving at the orbital outpost, the space station's first Canadian commander has entertained and enlightened millions with his online messages and videos covering everything from singing in space to explaining how the astronauts brush their teeth. As the 53-year-old's five month mission came to end he bid farewell with a rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on his trusty guitar.
"We will go to the Moon and we will go to Mars; we will go and see what asteroids and comets are made of," he said in an interview with the BBC. "But we're not going to do it tomorrow and we're not going to do it because it titillates the nerve endings. We're going to do it because it's a natural human progression."
The Soyuz carrying Hadfield and two crewmates touched down successfully earlier today.
"There was danger, hard graft, and the usual antics of life in orbit, but for millions of onlookers the latest mission to the International Space Station was about the rise of a new star: a moustached Canadian with a penchant for guitar."
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Source: BBC News
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