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Russia: Russian cosmonaut jubilantly welcomed back to Earth

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1. W/S Romanenko's plane arrives in Star City 2. W/S Romanenko emerges from plane 3. M/S Romanenko greeted in Star City 4. SOT Sergei Krikalev, Head of Cosmonaut Training Centre (in Russian): "The landing was carried out nominally. The crew is in good shape, I would ever say better than average. Obviously the first time will be hard for them. I remember when I was flying, no matter how the cosmonaut appears he is unaccustomed to the force of gravity. And for the first couple of weeks, the person has to adapt." 5. W/S Romanenko greeted in Star City 6. W/S Romanenko greeted in Star City 7. W/S Romanenko greeted in Star City SCRIPT Russia: Russian cosmonaut jubilantly welcomed back to Earth Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko's safe return from outer space was celebrated in Star City outside Moscow after the end of his half-year mission to the International Space Station (ISS). He flew back from space aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-07M space capsule accompanied by NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Canadian astronaut and Commander Chris Hadfield, who was the last to depart the capsule upon landing. During their trip, the crew undertook over 50 scientific experiments and were responsible for docking the Russian cargo ship "Progress M-18M" and the Dragon spacecraft, developed by SpaceX. Two days before returning, the crew performed an emergency spacewalk to stop an ammonia coolant leak on the outside of the orbiting space lab. Hadfield became the first Canadian commander of the ISS and gained international attention by recording the first music video in space. His version of David Bowie's Space Oddity was posted on YouTube and seen by over 5.5 million people in two days. He also shared numerous pictures of space with his over 900,000 Twitter followers under the name Cmdr_Hadfield, allowing the world unprecedented access into daily life aboard the ISS. The capsule landed horizontally instead of vertically in a Kazakh steppe south of the city Karaganda. After it touched down, a recovery team immediately rushed to the capsule using helicopters before covering the three cosmonauts in thermal blankets and offering them ground tea. All three astronauts were medically checked out before being welcomed by a traditional Kazakh ceremony. Hadfield and Marshburn flew NASA aircraft to Houston. The ISS is now under the control of the Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov.