Japan's Yui, colleagues return to Earth after 5-month stay at ISS

posted on December 12, 2015

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and two colleagues working at the International Space Station returned to Earth on Friday evening after completing their nearly five-month missions.

In blowing wind and snow, Yui, 45, landed on a Kazakhstan plain aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft after serving as a flight engineer on the ISS for 141 days and 16 hours. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren joined him on the trip home, with their descent to Earth slowed by parachutes attached to their Russian-built capsule.

"Thank you very much. I'm fine. I am feeling the earth's gravity," Yui told reporters shortly after touching down.

source by kyodonews
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