Tweeting astronaut returns

The Soyuz capsule carrying International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has returned to Earth in Kazakhstan.

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Astronaut back home: 'Fresh air has never been so sweet'

Former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has returned to North America after landing in Kazakhstan yesterday.

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Back in North America! Walking around the Bangor, Maine airport, getting my Earth legs back. Fresh, clean air has never been so sweet.

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Forgot to mention: first long, hot shower since December. That felt so good! Step 1 of Return to Earth complete.

Hadfield 're-adapting to the pull of gravity' on Earth

Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has tweeted his reaction after arriving back on Earth after his stay in the International Space Station (ISS).

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Safely home - back on Earth, happily readapting to the heavy pull of gravity. Wonderful to smell and feel Spring.

See more: Pictures of Commander Hadfield landing in Kazakhstan.

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Astronauts 'feeling well' after Earth landing

The first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan with two crewmates early this morning, wrapping up a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Chris Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko. Credit: Reuters

A Soyuz capsule under an orange parachute raised clouds of dust as it ignited an engine to cushion its landing some 150 km (90 miles) southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan at 8:31am (03.31am UK time).

The Soyuz space capsule lands some 150 km (93 miles) southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. Credit: Reuters

"The crew are feeling well," Mission Control outside Moscow said in a radio transmission, as several search and rescue helicopters hovered around the capsule on a bright morning.

The three astronauts were shown smiling, seated in semi-reclined chairs and covered with blue thermal blankets, waiting for medical tests after their landing.

Astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

The Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man international crew has landed safely in Kazakhstan.

Canada's Chris Hadfield, along with NASA's Tom Marshburn and Russia's Roman Romanenko, touched down just after 3.30am UK time.

Hadfield has spent the last five months on the International Space Station, clocking up a total of nearly 62 million miles.

Commander Hadfield returns to Earth

The Soyuz capsule carrying International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has returned to Earth in Kazakhstan.

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144 days on the #ISS, 146 days in space, 2,336 orbits around the planet and clocked almost 62 million miles. What a ride!

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#Soyuz capsule lands safely at 10:31 pm EDT on the steppe of Kazakhstan. All 3 crew members are safe and adjusting to gravity.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield welcomes 'a new dawn'

In what will be one of the last images he tweets from the International Space Station, Commander Hadfield published this photograph of the sun emerging from behind the Earth.

He included the caption: "Spaceflight finale: To some this may look like a sunset. But it's a new dawn."

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A new dawn Credit: Twitter/@Cmdr_Hadfield

Hadfield, who has amassed a huge following on social media since he began tweeting images from space, will return to Earth on Tuesday.

Read: Astronaut Chris Hadfield's highlights in space

Bowie responds to astronaut's version of Space Oddity

Astronaut and prolific tweeter Chris Hadfield became the first person in space to record a music video with his version of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

The recording, which has been shared wildly online, prompted a response from Mr Bowie himself:

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CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE! “Hallo Spaceboy...” Commander Chris Hadfield, currently on... http://t.co/tZV2b8Qq1D

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