Guy Laliberté returns red-nosed to Earth after space odyssey Cirque du Soleil tycoon lands in Kazakhstan after 10 days aboard the International Space Station wearing his clown's nose <LI class="third-party-tool no-comments " sizset="29" sizcache="0">Buzz up! Digg it Associated Press in Moscow guardian.co.uk, Sunday 11 October 2009 13.21 BST Article history Canadian space tourist Guy Laliberté gives a thumbs up after landing with the Soyuz spacecraft crew in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/AFP/Getty Images The Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and two other travellers landed safely in Kazakhstan today, ending the entertainment tycoon's mirthful space odyssey. Laliberté, who wore a bulbous clown nose during his stay aboard the International Space Station, continued the same nasal routine as he was extracted from the cramped Soyuz capsule this morning following its landing in the northern part of the country. The 50-year-old Canadian returned with Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and Nasa astronaut Michael Barratt, re-entering the Earth's atmosphere several hours after their Soyuz capsule left the space station. Valery Lyndin, a spokesman for Russian mission control, said the capsule drifted by parachute to Earth at 10:32am local time. Russian television showed pictures of Padalka sitting outside the scorched spacecraft eating an apple and drinking tea as the ground crew extracted his fellow travellers from the capsule. All of the world's apple trees are thought to be descended from those that first grew in Kazakhstan. In another tradition, a Russian Orthodox priest was present for the landing. The space travellers must rest after the landing to readjust to the Earth's gravity. Russian television showed them being taken to an orange medical tent. Vitaly Davydov, deputy director of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, said all three men were in good health "and even better spirits", the Interfax news agency reported. The three Soyuz crew members were expected to return by air to the cosmonaut training facility at Star City near Moscow shortly after 1:30pm local time. While in space, Laliberté hosted a web broadcast last Friday to promote his One Drop Foundation's crusade to preserve the world's water resources. The former US vice-president Al Gore, U2 and Shakira were among those who participated in the broadcast back on Earth, with participants appearing in 14 cities on five continents. Laliberté paid $35m (£22m) for his 10-day visit to the orbiting laboratory, becoming Canada's first space tourist. Born in Quebec, he worked as an accordionist, stilt-walker and fire-breather before founding Cirque du Soleil in 1984. Padalka and Barratt returned after six months on board the space station. ==================================================== Jamani hizi gharama za kwenda kwenye international space station si mchezo. Yaani ni sawa na budget ya kama wizara nne hivi za Tanzania kwa mwaka.