Having made the ISS cool again, Hadfield returns to Earth

Now back on Earth, Chris Hadfield has been called the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong.

(Credit: Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

The one-man media machine has landed.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield returned to Earth in a Soyuz descent capsule after his six-month stint on the International Space Station, during which he became an Internet sensation.

Along with ISS crewmates American astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romaneko, Hadfield was extracted from the capsule in the Kazakhstan morning (around 10:31 p.m. ET) following a smooth descent.

Hadfield, the last to emerge from the capsule, waved and gave a thumbs-up once he was propped in a chair in the sunshine.

The trio is to be whisked off by helicopter to Karaganda, Kazakhstan, for medical checks. Hadfield and Marshburn are slated to catch a NASA flight to Houston, arriving late Tuesday.

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