British astronaut Major Tim Peake is set to land in Kazakhstan on Saturday after his six-month mission to the International Space Station.Read the full story ›
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Live video is following Tim Peake's spacecraft as he returns to earth after six months in space.
The Soyuz spacecraft has begun its decent back into the atmosphere in a dramatic trip that will see the capsule shoot through searing temperatures as it re-enters the earth atmosphere before landing at 10.15 am BST.
Excitement is building among those waiting to witness Tim Peake's landing back onto earth in a remote section of Kazakhstan.
ITV New correspondent Dan Rivers is among the waiting journalists ready to capture his arrival.
Meanwhile, thousands of well-wishers have sent the hashtag #WelcomehomeTim trending on Twitter.
Three ambulances have arrived at Karaganda airbase in Kazakhstan ahead of Tim Peake's landing at 10.15 BST.
ITV News Science and Health Producer Patrick Russell tweeted:
Tim Peake's spacecraft has separated into three sections as it prepares for the final descent for a landing in 15 minutes.
The split will help the capsule withstand searing heats as it re-enters the earth's atmosphere before a parachute descent onto a remote section of the Kazakh steppe.
Tim Peake and his two colleagues have landed back on the remote Kazakh steppe.
"The Soyuz is home. Touchdown confirmed," said Nasa on its live stream.
Recovery teams are one their way to the capsule to help retrieve the astronauts.
Having spent 186 six days in orbit, Major Tim Peake is due to return to Earth today.
The astronaut from Westbourne, near Chichester, leaves the International Space Station to land in Kazakhstan this morning. He will see his family for the first time in six months.