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Japanese billionaire Maezawa returns to Earth after 12-day ISS mission

Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew members lands safely in Kazakhstan

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Yusaku Maezawa touched down on the steppes of Kazakhstan on Dec. 20. (Captured image from Roscosmos Youtube)

TOKYO -- Japanese billionaire space tourist Yusaku Maezawa and his two crewmates returned to Earth on Monday, capping his 12-day visit to the International Space Station in a feat that has highlighted the arrival of the age of space tourism.

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Maezawa, his video producer, Yozo Hirano, and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin touched down on the steppes of Kazakhstan at around the scheduled landing time of 9:13 a.m. local time (03:13 GMT). 

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