crew which includes Tim Peake, the first astronaut representing
the British government, departed the station about three hours
earlier after spending half a year in Earth's orbit.
The capsule landed on its side, a frequent occurrence in the
windy steppe area, after parachuting for 14 minutes. A search
and recovery team quickly extracted the trio from the capsule.
Alongside Peake, who smiled as he was being examined by flight
surgeons, were commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Tim
Former army major Peake, who turned 44 aboard the station, was
on a mission for the European Space Agency (ESA) and became the
first astronaut wearing a Union Jack flag on his arm. The first
Briton in space was Helen Sharman, who traveled on a Soviet
spacecraft for eight days in 1991.
(Reporting by Shamil Zhumatov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov;
Editing by Mark Potter)
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