After nearly five months in space, three members of the International Space Station Expedition 35 crew safely landed in a clearing to the southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. “Boy, that was quite a ride home,” said Chris Hadfield after successfully touching down. Hadfield, most notably, is the beloved astronaut who sent numerous videos from the ISS back to Earth, including a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity“.
The entire three man crew consisted of Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko of the Russion Federal Space Agency and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn. The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft undocked from the ISS at exactly 7:08 p.m. EDT and landed around 10:31 p.m. Their journey wrapped up nearly 62 million miles of traveling, and 2,366 orbits of Earth.
Now that the Expedition 35 crew is safely back home, command has been handed over to Expedition 36, which is lead by Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov. Two other members are currently aboard the ISS along with Vinogradov, and three other are expected to join the crew following a launch on May 28.
The Expedition 35 crew’s journey wasn’t without its hurdles; a few days before returning home, a leak was discovered in one of the ISS’s solar arrays. And after hours of deliberations, NASA decided on an emergency spacewalk, which Marshburn participated in along with Chris Cassidy. The spacewalk itself lasted 6.5 hours, but the problem was identified and fixed in only 2.5 hours.
Hadfield is expected to hold his first public talk since returning to Earth on Thursday, May 16 via a video conference from Houston. If ever you wanted to know what it’s like to be an astronaut, tuning in should provide excellent insight. Hadfield previously held a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) from the ISS, revealing why he became an astronaut, among other topics.