At 3.31 this morning the Soyuz spacecraft bearing Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield and his team landed in Kazakhstan after 144 days aboard the International Space Station, during which he and his fellow astronauts travelled 62 million miles, completing 2336 orbits of the earth. As the Canadian Space Agency said ‘What a ride!’.
This was Commander Hadfield’s first tweet a couple of hours later:
@Cmdr_Hadfield Safely home – back on Earth, happily readapting to the heavy pull of gravity. Wonderful to smell and feel Spring.
I cannot imagine a more evocative sentiment.