Chris Hadfield and his Expedition 35 crew safely landed on Earth Monday night in a Soyuz space capsule. The Canadian commander has been tweeting throughout his five-month stay in the International Space Station, trying to rekindle the world's infatuation with astronauts.
The Russian-made Soyuz space capsule landed in 10:31 p.m. EDT in Kazakhstan, NASA tweeted, and just as Hadfield had changed his Twitter location to “Soyuz” he updated it to "Kazakhstan" once he landed in the Central Asian country. Hadfield and his companions, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and American Tom Marshburn, are currently adjusting to gravity for the first time in months.
"Boy, that was quite a ride home," Space.com quoted Hadfield as saying once on the ground.
The men were used their stay in the International Space Station to take amazing pictures of Earth's surface and conduct experiments, one of which gained notoriety. An idea was sent to Hadfield from Canadian students. They wanted to see if water would stick to a wet towel in space where there isn’t any gravity. Thanks to YouTube, the video went viral. Users watched Hadfield attempt to wring out the towel, but instead the liquid covered the commander’s hands like a gel.
Hadfield is thought to have made the first music video from space when he covered David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as a way to say goodbye to his orbiting home. The astronaut longingly looked at the stars and floated with a guitar in hand during his rendition of Bowie’s hit.
According to Space.com, during their stay, NASA astronauts Marshburn and Chris Cassidy executed an extraordinary emergency spacewalk to fix a serious ammonia coolant leak coming from outside of the station.
During his time away from Earth, Hadfield orbited the planet 2,336 times and totaled up around 62 million miles, the space website wrote. Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko held hands for pictures of their Kazakhstan landing, the commander held a thumbs up smiling and other images showed the Soyuz capsule being examined.