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Three ISS astronauts have returned to Earth

By T.K. Randall
June 19, 2016 · Comment icon 5 comments

Tim Peake during a spacewalk outside the space station. Image Credit: NASA
Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko touched down safely aboard their Soyuz capsule on Saturday.
After spending several months on the International Space Station, the trio arrived safely back on Earth after a seven-hour descent which ended with a touchdown in the Kazakhstan wilderness.

British astronaut Tim Peake, who described the experience as the best ride he'd ever been on, was accompanied by NASA astronaut Col Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko who all seemed to be in good spirits following their time spent high up in orbit around the planet.

"It's just been fantastic, from start to finish … I'm just truly elated, just the smells of Earth are so strong, it's wonderful to be back … to feel the fresh air," said Peake.
"I'm going to miss the view, definitely. I'd love some cool rain right now, it was very hot in the capsule and the suit's very hot … I might be having some pizza later, maybe a cold beer as well."

NASA public affairs officer Dan Hewitt praised the weather conditions for the landing.

"I don't think I've ever seen better weather than the one we have now … all the teams out here actually got to see the capsule touch down, that's something I'm never going to forget," he said.

"All the crew members are out of the capsule, they're going to now enjoy the weather, their first fresh air in over six months."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Zalmoxis 8 years ago
They all look like they're having a great time.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Astra. 8 years ago
It's great to see them arrive back safely. They do an awesome job - and it's wonderful to see the images etc..they share with us.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
From a completely layman's point-of-view, I am amazed at the physical and psychological attributes of astronauts. I could not even do the same. They are, to be sure, a special and courageous breed of person, male and female.
Comment icon #4 Posted by internetperson 8 years ago
Tim Peake accidentally called the wrong number from the ISS (I think several months ago). Apparently he called, a woman answered and he asked, "Hello is this earth?" to which she hung up. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters 8 years ago
Hello, welcome to UM I remember reading about that too, he later tweeted an apology.

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