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.
Mid-Hill highway opens door of prosperity: Minister Adhikari
GALKOT- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Mid-Hill highway had opened the door of prosperity.
He added that the highway was easing the transportation service of the hilly people.
Inaugurating the Badigad Festival and Nwagi Fair-2075 BS here in Baglung district on Saturday, Minister Adhikari stressed on preserving and promoting the domestic cultures to strengthen the nationality and create harmony among the people.
The festival organizer committee coordinator Tika Paija shared that the festival was organized to preserve domestic culture and promote local tourism.
The festival will run until November 25.