Chris Hadfield and fellow astronauts return from ISS


Commander Chris Hadfield and flight engineers Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko return to earth

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A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew from the International Space Station (ISS) has returned to Earth.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Nasa's Tom Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko landed safely in Kazakhstan.

Mr Hadfield kept hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers informed and entertained during his five months in space with pictures and even a song.

At the weekend, Mr Marshburn and fellow US astronaut Chris Cassidy conducted a spacewalk to fix an ammonia leak.

The two men replaced a suspect coolant pump, apparently stopping the leak. Without repair, science experiments on the ISS might have had to be cut back to save power.

Engineers will monitor the system to make sure there are no additional problems for the three astronauts remaining on the ISS, along with the three others who will arrive on 28 May.

The Soyuz capsule carrying the three departing astronauts landed about 150km (90 miles) south-east of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan at 08:31 (02:31 GMT) on Tuesday.

"The crew are feeling well," Mission Control said in a radio transmission. Later, they were shown smiling as they waited for medical tests.

Before leaving the ISS, Mr Hadfield - the first Canadian to command the ISS - told Mission Control: "It's just been an extremely fulfilling and amazing experience."

On Monday, he published the first music video shot in space, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie's hit, Space Oddity. The video went viral, and even prompted a response from Bowie: "Hallo Spaceboy."


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    Comment number 130.

    I really don't know why people are saying it's a waste of money, because whatever they achieve up there will eventually bear fruit here on Earth, so it is money well spent. Many things have come out of the technology developed to allow the ISS and its fore-runners, some as mundane as non-stick saucepans, so why diss it?

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    Comment number 122.

    The space station is a triumph of engineering, physics and human resolve. The fact that it is there at all is remarkable given that it is only in the last hundred years or so humans have even been able to fly.

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    Comment number 64.

    Going to Mars is a bit like climbing mt everest. It serves very little purpose apart from prestige and is really dangerous. The main difference is that you could end world poverty several times over with what it will cost, and America is skint. In the mean time we keep sending rovers to break rocks up and tell us what already know; that it is lifeless lump of rock, and too dangerous to visit

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    Comment number 47.

    My family and I have so enjoyed reading his tweets and viewing his pictures - all from space! My children have truly enjoyed his updates and it has inspired them.

    For my kids, they have had the unique opportunity to view space like we couldn't as children, thanks to the very technology so many people complain about. It's been an absolute pleasure!

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    Comment number 19.

    This man, with his simple tweets and song has got more attention for space exploration than I have seen in a long time. Well done !


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