First Japanese Private Space Tourists Return To Earth Safely

Onboard the ISS in the front row are Yusaku Maezawa, cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and Yozo Hirano.
Credit: NASA
Russia’s Soyuz MS-20 departed the International Space Station (ISS) for a parachute-assisted descent into remote Kazakhstan on Dec. 20, marking the end of a 12-day private spaceflight by Japan’s Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano in the company of veteran cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. Their spacecraft...
Mark Carreau

Mark is based in Houston, where he has written on aerospace for more than 25 years. While at the Houston Chronicle, he was recognized by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation in 2006 for his professional contributions to the public understanding of America's space program through news reporting.

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