Chris Hadfield touches down safely

Three man crew safely extracted from Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan desert

Chris Hadfield touches down safely
Author image
Aedín Donnelly
08:00 Tuesday 14 May 2013

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and two others have landed safely in Kazakhstan.

Spaceman Hadfield, 53, and his crew have been extracted from the Soyuz spacecraft, after they landed in the desert at about 3.30am.

The landing brought their 5 month mission in space to a close. 

Hadfield has since changed his Twitter settings to read "Canadian Astronaut, back on Earth after living in space aboard ISS as Commander of Expedition 35." And his location - '...a field in Kazakhstan'.

Before landing, his son Evan was tweeting on the Commander's behalf.

Space Oddity

Commander Hadfield yesterday signed off with a brilliant take on David Bowie's 'Space Oddity', filmed entirely in the International Space Station.

It's being called the first music video made in space.

Hadfield made the film over his long weeks and months in space, while floating around in zero gravity.

The 5 minute video - posted on YouTube - was produced with the help of staff at the Canadian Space Agency:

Before leaving, the Commander carried out some final checks, and bid his international colleagues goodbye:

Chris Hadfield's gained a huge following on Twitter posting stunning pictures of our planet from space, most recently he wrote about an ammonia leak the ISS was experiencing.


Dublin city, from space

Good Morning, Earth! A complex & vital day on Space Station, as Tom and Chris suit up and go outside to help fix the ammonia leak. Busy day!

comments powered by Disqus
  • image

    Facebook denies hacking was behind mass outage earlier image

    Nile Rodgers tweets picture of intense New York snowfall as city... image

    Moncrieff: 10 apps you'll be hooked on before the end of 2015 image

    Cracked it: Chemists figure out how to unboil an egg image

    VIDEO: New Irish card which can be used instead of your passport is... image

    Man who "put fear of God" into plane-spotters at Dublin... image

    Brother of Elaine O'Hara tells court he discovered her use of... image

    The man tipped to be next Greek Finance Minister confirms leaving... image

    REWIND: Willie Walsh's Aer Lingus planned to force workers into... image

    Lowry: "I've never heard of a situation where a woman took...

  • image

    Jim White's telling us to 'expect the unexpected' this... image

    Briggs to lead Ireland in Women's Six Nations image

    AUDIO: Lance Armstrong chose not to be a ‘force for good’ -... image

    PICS: Gallery of the best sports images from the last seven days image

    Coach Kavanagh reveals the real McGregor behind the... image

    AUDIO: Coach Kavanagh cools talk of title fight in May image

    McGeeney denies using double training sessions in Armagh image

    Pogba's agent pours cold water on January move image

    Nadal bombed out by Berdych at Australian Open image

    Ronaldo's pain could be Bale's gain