MOSCOW — A three-man team, including British space astronaut Tim Peake, has landed in the Kazakh steppe after completing a six-month mission at the International Space Station (ISS).
Mr Peake, the first British astronaut on the ISS, Russia’s Yury Malenchenko and NASA’s Tim Kopra parachuted down to Earth in their Soyuz capsule after spending 186 days in orbit.
Video footage from the landing site, southeast of the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan, showed medics attending to the smiling men.
“It was incredible. The best ride I’ve ever been on,” Mr Peake said. “It has just been fantastic, from start to finish.”
The 44-year-old former helicopter test pilot said he was looking forward to seeing his family.
“I’m going to miss the view,” he said, referring to his six-month stint in space.
“[But] I’d love some cool rain right now. It’s very hot in the capsule … some cool rain right now would be lovely.”
The trio had blasted off into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in December.
On Saturday, they bid farewell to NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who remained aboard the ISS.
Their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft then undocked from the ISS, Russian space agency Roscomos said.
Mr Peake’s mission has generated great excitement in Britain, where the Government unveiled an ambitious new space policy on the eve of his departure for the International Space Station.
Mr Peake’s time in space was marked by a number of milestones.
In January, he became the first Briton to walk in space, undertaking a mission to replace an electrical unit.
In April he ran a marathon in space in record time, strapped into a treadmill while thousands ran the London Marathon.
Mr Peake managed to achieve the fastest ever marathon in space by marking a time of three hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds, setting a Guinness World Record.
The next launch of astronauts from the Baikonur cosmodrome is scheduled to take place on July 7.
It will take Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia, Kate Rubins of the United States and Takuya Onishi of Japan to the ISS.
Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai
A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.
The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.
According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.
But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.
He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.
Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.
The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.
‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.Follow @gorkhapost