Mark Vande Hey can’t wait to see his wife after landing on Earth after telling the 355 -day story.
Early in the morning (March 30), Vande Hei landed safely aboard a Russian Soyuz captain in the grasslands of Kazakhstan with his Russian colleagues Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov. The third is said to have arrived in good health and, after a 355 -day flight, Vande Hei will see his wife and family again, something he told his joy before he left the field.
Vande Hei said it was “a great pleasure to have the opportunity to return to Earth to see my family live in person with my wife, where … I haven’t been to her place since January of last year. .So it’s amazing, ”he said during a video broadcast from the International Space Station yesterday (March 29).
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However, the pilot admitted that returning to Earth was “bitter” because it would mark the end of his astronaut career.
“I knew I had a lot of conflicting ideas,” he said before flying to Earth. “I swore to my wife that I would never fly in the sky again, so it would be very bitter,” he said, adding, “I am so grateful to have this amazing opportunity. come up to the sky here with The best people I have ever considered friends for the rest of my life; to serve my country and all people. ”
Vande Hei expressed his “gratitude” and “was also a little sad, because I was closing the door and I couldn’t come back. And this is a very special place.”
After the passengers arrived in Kazakhstan today, they were taken to a hospital and flown by helicopter to Karaganda. From there, Vande Hei was scheduled to fly to Houston, Texas, on a NASA spacecraft. Upon returning home, he will likely continue to dedicate his 355 days in space, the longest flight ever made by an American astronaut. This won NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s first 340 -day record.
“It’s a beautiful place, inhabited by amazing people, working for everyone. I will always remember the memories of serving on the International Space Station. But now, I’m happy to be back at Mother Earth! ” Vande Hei immediate objection after his arrival on his earthly body.
Before Vande Hei’s return to Earth, it was thought that even though the United States condemned Russia’s actions in invading Ukraine and inciting war, Vande Hei might not fly home. aboard a Soyuz capsule with cosmonauts. However, today it is seen that Vande Hei’s planned return has not changed, it has gone smoothly and successfully.