UPDATE: 5:37 a.m. EDT — The Soyuz capsule carrying British astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Soyuz spacecraft commander Yuri Malenchenko of Russia, has landed in Kazakhstan.
British astronaut Tim Peake boarded the Soyuz capsule for return to Earth following an historic six-month mission to the space station. The mission has earned him an honor from Queen Elizabeth II for "extraordinary service beyond our planet."
Peake and two other crew members will land in Kazakhstan at 5:15 a.m. EDT Saturday. Here is the link to watch the return of Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Soyuz spacecraft commander Yuri Malenchenko of Russia.
During the last six months, the 44-year-old British former helicopter test pilot was involved in more than 250 experiments, made the first spacewalk by a U.K. astronaut, ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and even remotely steered a robot on Earth. Peake is also the first person to visit space under the U.K. banner since Helen Sharman in 1991.
Peake and the two other astronauts entered the Soyuz TMA-19M — the Russian space capsule — to travel home from the International Space Station (ISS) at about 10:35 p.m. EDT Friday.
"It's been a fantastic six months up here — [a] really remarkable, incredible experience," Peake said, during his last live link-up from space. "I'm looking forward to coming home, looking forward to seeing my friends and my family, but I am going to miss this place [the ISS]."