The first clown in space, Canadian circus tycoon Guy Laliberte, arrived safely back on earth Sunday touching down in a Russian Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan, the Russian mission control centre said.
The capsule, also carrying Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and US astronaut Michael Barratt, landed in Kazakhstan’s steppe at 0431 GMT after travelling from the International Space Station (ISS).
“Everything took place normally and on time,” said Vitaly Lopota, head of Energia, the state-owned company which designs the Soyuz, in remarks broadcast on Vesti-24 television. “The crew is feeling excellent,” he added.
Television pictures showed the capsule with its orange and white parachute touching down in the sprawling Kazakh steppe and teams of space agency workers carrying out the space travellers.
Laliberte wore his trademark red clown nose as he was carried out of the Soyuz, television pictures showed. He had previously worn the nose aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and in media appearances before lift-off.
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