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Thomas Pesquet returns to Earth after 6 months in space

By [email protected] - 23rd June 2017 - 10:40

Many witnessed the return to Earth of Thomas Pesquet at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre on Friday, 2 June. The events included a live viewing of the capsule’s landing, a photo opportunity with Thomas Pesquet on arrival of the ESA aircraft in Cologne and a press conference three days after return. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian Soyuz commander Oleg Novitskiy concluded their six-month stay on the International Space Station. After a three-hour journey in their Soyuz spacecraft, they landed in the Kazakh steppe. A few hours after landing, Thomas continued his journey to EAC, the home base of all ESA astronauts, in Cologne, Germany. Thomas will be the ninth ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space and he will be the fourth after Alexander Gerst, Andreas Mogensen and Tim Peake to fly directly back to Cologne.