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British astronaut lands safely on Earth after historic six-month Space trip

Tim Peake was the first astronaut to fly to space under the UK banner in 25 years.

BRITISH ASTRONAUT TIM Peake is back on Earth after a historic six-month stay on the International Space Station.

The International Space Station crew carrying American Tim Kopra, of NASA, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and Peake, of the European Space Agency,  landed safely in the sun-drenched grasslands of Kazakhstan this morning.

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The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule touched down as scheduled at 9.15am Irish time, southeast of Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

The crew reported feeling fine as their ship slid off the orbit and headed down to Earth.

The trio spent 186 days in space since their launch in December 2015. They have conducted hundreds of scientific experiments.

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams along with Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos will operate the station for three weeks until the arrival of three new crew members.

Peake is the first person to fly to space under the UK banner since Helen Sharman in 1991.

During his time in Space, he made the first spacewalk by a UK astronaut and remotely steered a robot on Earth.

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