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Tim Peake astronaut recovery. British astronaut Tim Peake (born 1972) in a recovery helicopter shortly after the Soyuz TMA-19M landing in a steppe region of Kazakhstan on 18 June 2016. Peake was one of three astronauts that returned to Earth in the spacecraft. They had spent 186 days on the International Space Station (ISS). Peake (as part of the Principia mission) was the eighth European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space. He was flown directly to ESA's astronaut base in Cologne, Germany, for medical checks and for researchers to collect additional data on how his body and mind adapted to living in space. Photographed on 18 June 2016.
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