Bob Thirsk returns to Earth after 6 months in Space
Canadian Astronaut Bob Thirsk returned to earth at 2 am ET, after 6 months on the International Space Station. He returned on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft that landed in Kazakhstan, Central Asia.
Thirsk's stay was marked with a few records, one being the first Canadian to spend six months on the space station. During his stay he was visited by Canadian astronaut Juliette Payette, marking the first time two Canadian astronauts had been in space at the same time.
During his stay he was also visited by Cirque de Soleil founder, Guy Laliberte.
Thirsk was the Chief Medical Officer on the International Space Station
Thirsk conducted several scientific experiments, including the effect of exercise which will be required for longer space endeavours. Weightlessness has a negative effect of bone and muscle strength.
Record-breaking Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk has returned to Earth after spending six months aboard the International Space Station. He landed in Kazakhstan, in central Asia with two other Astronauts.
A Russian spacecraft carrying Thirsk and two other astronauts landed in Kazakhstan, in central Asia, after deploying parachutes to slow down its descent.
In his last news conference from the space station, Thirsk said he was looking forward to seeing his family again in Moscow.
The father of three had been living and working on the space station since May 29 after arriving aboard a Russian Soyuz.
His visit marked a pair of firsts: not only was it the longest-ever space stay for a Canadian, but it also marked the first time two Canadians have ever crossed paths in outer space.
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