Space Trio Land Safely In Kazakhstan After Hadfield's Bowie Debut

Category: Technology / May 14, 2013 10:20AM EDT


The famous singing Canadian astronaut and his two crewmates returned safely from the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan after a five month mission aboard the ISS.
Canadian Commander Kevin Chris Hadfield, and Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko, blasted off 145 days ago on the 35th expedition aboard the space station.
The crew’s Soyuz spacecraft landed in Kazakhstan at 10:31 PM (EDT) Monday, where Russian recovery teams were on hand to help the crew exit the capsule and adjust to gravity after months in space. 
Their mission included a dangerous impromptu spacewalk on Saturday to fix an ammonia coolant leak that occurred two days earlier. 
And, Hadfield made musical history on Monday, when he released the first music video shot entirely in space, of the astronaut singing a zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity.’ 
"Well, I want to say that flying in space is something - we aren't just a ship - it's  part of humanity to be in space. What we were feeling, what we were doing there, the music we played, this is a big part of our lives, and I'm very happy that more than seven million are interested. It is something very interesting and historical to be in space," Hadfield told journalists after being presented with a traditional Kazakh costume, nesting doll, and musical instrument on his return to earth.
"A flight like this can go on forever because the group was good, the work was excellent. So I think the flight was agreeable," Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko added.
The crew’s replacements are due to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 28. 
The International Space Station has been permanently staffed since November 2000, and it is scheduled to remain in orbit until at least 2020. 
Until the replacements arrive at the end of the month, a skeleton crew commanded by Pavel Vinogradov, including NASA astronaut Cassidy and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, will continue to operate the station. 
The crew's return to Earth comes on the 40th anniversary of the launch of the first U.S. space station, Skylab in 1973.
Video Source: Reuters.