One of the most inspirational astronauts ever to command the International Space Station has returned to Earth.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield spent five months aboard the space station.

His frequent Tweets, educational films, beautiful photographs and eye for a viral video have earned Hadfield hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

His final video - a cover of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' complete with zero-gravity music video took the web by storm when it was released earlier this week.

Now Hadfield is back on Earth: his Soyuz capsule landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan with Nasa's Tom Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko early on Tuesday morning.

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Hadfield said he was happy to be back after his amazing experience 200 miles above the Earth.


CanadianSpaceAgency
144 days on the , 146 days in space, 2,336 orbits around the planet and clocked almost 62 million miles. What a ride!

Marshburn said that leaving the station was "bittersweet".


Thomas H. Marshburn
Leaving is bittersweet. It's been an unbelievable ride. Can't wait to see what's next!

Our favourite videos and pictures posted by Hadfield are collected below.

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  • The moon rising over a bed of cloud

  • The southwest corner of Africa

  • Clouds over Hull and the Humber Estuary

  • Belfast, at the mouth of the River Langan

  • Utah ski hills

  • Spaceships glowing blue in the dawn over Florida

  • Canada

  • Dr Seuss-inspired swirls in the Black Sea

  • Crew preparing for a spacewalk

  • A storm swirling off the Irish coast

  • Nicosia (Lefkoşa) and the rugged north Cyprus coast

  • Scotland in the Spring sunshine

  • Sunrise catches the clouds, mid Atlantic

  • A lone jet draws a straight line across the Tatras

  • Dr Tom Marshburn

  • Crew 'light the universe on the dark side of the globe'

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  • Chris Hadfield

    Ground personnel carry Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, center, after Russian Soyuz space capsule landed some 150 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew including Hadfield, returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/ Sergei Remezov, Pool)

  • Chris Hadfield

    Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gestures after the Russian Soyuz space capsule landed some 150 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of kazakhstan. (AP Photo/ Sergei Remezov, Pool)

  • Chris Hadfield

    Ground personnel carry Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, center, after the Russian Soyuz space capsule landed some 150 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of kazakhstan. (AP Photo/ Sergei Remezov, Pool)

  • In this image provided by NASA Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, left, Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency, center, and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn sit in chairs outside the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after they landed in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013. Hadfield, Romanenko and Marshburn are returning from five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 34 and 35 crews. (AP Photo/NASA, Carla Cioffi)

  • Chris Hadfield

    Ground personnel carry Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, center, after Russian Soyuz space capsule landed some 150 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew including Hadfield, returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/ Sergei Remezov, Pool)

  • In this image provided by NASA the Soyuz spacecraft is seen as it is about to land with Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko returned from five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 34 and 35 crews. (AP Photo/NASA, Carla Cioffi)

  • The Russian Soyuz space capsule, carrying U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, lands some 150 km (90 miles) southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Sergei Remezov, Pool)

  • The Russian Soyuz space capsule, carrying U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, lands some 150 km (90 miles) southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely Tuesday on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Sergei Remezov, Pool)

  • In this image provided by NASA the Soyuz spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko returned from five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 34 and 35 crews. (AP Photo/NASA, Carla Cioffi)

  • Soyuz TMA-07M Spacecraft Safely Returns Space Crew

    DZHEZKAZGAN, KAZAKHSTAN - MAY 14: In this handout image provided by NASA,The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft lands with Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on May 14, 2013 in a remote area near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko returned from five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 34 and 35 crews. (Photo by Carla Cioffi/NASA via Getty Images)

  • Soyuz TMA-07M Spacecraft Safely Returns Space Crew

    DZHEZKAZGAN, KAZAKHSTAN - MAY 14: In this handout image provided by NASA,The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft lands with Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on May 14, 2013 in a remote area near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko returned from five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 34 and 35 crews. (Photo by Carla Cioffi/NASA via Getty Images)

  • Soyuz TMA-07M Spacecraft Safely Returns Space Crew

    DZHEZKAZGAN, KAZAKHSTAN - MAY 14: In this handout image provided by NASA,The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft lands with Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on May 14, 2013 in a remote area near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko returned from five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 34 and 35 crews. (Photo by Carla Cioffi/NASA via Getty Images)

  • Soyuz TMA-07M Spacecraft Safely Returns Space Crew

    DZHEZKAZGAN, KAZAKHSTAN - MAY 14: In this handout image provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft lands with Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn and Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on May 14, 2013 in a remote area near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko returned from five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 34 and 35 crews. (Photo by Carla Cioffi/NASA via Getty Images)