Sussex astronaut Tim Peake has had an unforgettable experience over the last six months, but now he has safely touched down his family are looking forward to a reunion.
Peake’s Soyuz space capsule parachuted down to a remote spot in the vast scrubland steppe of Kazakhstan, landing at 10.15am UK time.
Tim’s dad Nigel, 74, of Westbourne, was relieved to see his son safely back on earth.
He said: “It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s magic. It was the perfect touchdown.
“We had a perfect launch in December with lovely weather. And to see that (the space capsule) come down is magnificent.”
He added when he saw him he would congratulate him for a ‘job well done.’
“I’m so proud of him in what he has achieved and very grateful he has had the opportunity,” added Nigel.
“Everyone has done such a magnificent job up there and all the back-up crew here.
“It’s good to see something that works so well.”
Tim’s mum Angela was glowing after watching triumphant Tim’s landing in Kazakhstan.
She said the re-entry had been the trickiest part of the operation but admitted that the family was very relaxed during the 50-minute re-entry and landing process.
“I just felt totally calm,” she admitted to Sky News. “I’m excited now.”
She added the experience was something that she would never forget and that Tim’s spacewalk was a major highlight of his space odyssey.
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