The Soyuz space capsule carrying the world’s first double space tourist and its Russian American crew has returned to earth.
Coming down safely in central Kazakhstan early this morning, the initial return had been delayed by bad weather and difficulty with the original landing site, which had to be changed. Support teams were immediately on hand to assist the crew with post landing checks. Both NASA and Russia’s mission control gave astronaut Michael Fincke and flight engineer Yuri Lonchakov a warm welcome back. While Hungarian-born US billionaire Charles Simonyi, who makes history becoming the first tourist to visit the International Space Station twice, was given an even warmer return back to earth. The landing comes with plans to soon replace the decades-old Soyuz craft, which will be able to carry six people instead of three.