- A Japanese billionaire, producer, a Russian astronaut returned safely to Earth on Monday after spending 12 days on International Space Station.
- They made a soft landing in a Russian Soyuz capsule in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 9:13 a.m. about 148 kilometers southeast of the city of Zhezkazgan.
A Japanese billionaire, producer, a Russian astronaut returned safely to Earth on Monday after spending 12 days on International Space Station.
Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, his producer Hirano and Russian astronaut Alexander Misurkin made a soft landing in a Russian Soyuz capsule in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 9:13 a.m. about 148 kilometers southeast of the city of Zhezkazgan.
After their capsule landed, all-terrain vehicles carrying Russian rescue teams deployed to the site to assist the crew and conduct a medical check-up.
Maezawa, 46, and his 36-year-old producer were the first self-paying tourists to visit the space station since 2009. Misurkin was on his third space mission.
Speaking to The Associated Press last week in a live interview from the orbiting space station, Maezawa stated that “once you are in space, you realize how much it is worth it by having this great experience.”
Asked about the reports claiming that he paid over $80 million for a 12-day mission, Maezawa said he couldn’t disclose the contract sum but admitted that he spent “pretty much” the amount.
Russian actor Yulia Peresild and Film director Klim Shipenko spent 12 days on the station to make the world’s first movie in orbit, a project sponsored by Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos to help burnish the nation’s reputation for space glory.
Maezawa made his future in retail fashion, launching Japan’s largest online mall, Zozotown. Forbes magazine noted his net worth of $1.9 billion.
At the station, NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Kayla Barron ,Thomas Marshburn, and Mark Vande Hei; Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov; and Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency.