Thursday 17 August 2017

Tim Peake returns to Earth: Astronaut touches down in Kazakhstan after six months in space

Astronaut Tim Peake has returned to Earth after six months in space

Screen grabbed image taken from NASA TV of British astronaut Tim Peake after arriving back on earth from the International Space Station
Screen grabbed image taken from NASA TV of British astronaut Tim Peake after arriving back on earth from the International Space Station
Screen grabbed image taken from NASA TV of British astronaut Tim Peake (left) and Commander Yuri Malenchenko after arriving back on earth from the International Space Station
Screen grabbed image taken from NASA TV of British astronaut Tim Peake after arriving back on earth from the International Space Station
Screen grabbed image taken from NASA TV of British astronaut Tim Peake after arriving back on earth from the International Space Station
Screen grabbed image taken from NASA TV of the decent module from the Soyuz spacecraft which carried British astronaut Tim Peake and his two crew mates safely back to earth

British Astronaut Tim Peake has landed safely after the Soyuz capsule completed its “deorbit burn”, and parachuted the crew into Kazakhstan.

The capsule touched down at 10.15 BST, as forecast.

Major Peake became the second astronaut to go into space bearing the British flag, after Helen Sharman in 1991. During his time in space he has taken part in hundreds of experiments, performed a spacewalk and run the London Marathon on a treadmill.

First reports said the craft had landed on its side, having been caught by the wind. This is not unusual, according to mission controllers.

Travelling with Major Peake were crewmates American Nasa astronaut Colonel Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko

A rescue and recovery team raced to the landing site almost 300 miles south west of the major city of Karaganda.

During a news conference before leaving the International Space Station, Major Peake spoke about his return to Earth: “It is going to be quite tricky for me to adapt. It's probably going to take me two or three days before I feel well.“

“It will take me several months before my body fully recovers in terms of bone density. And it will be interesting to see any lasting changes to eyesight etcetera.

“But generally speaking in two or three days I should be fairly comfortable back on Earth.”

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