Hanging from parachutes, the Russian Soyuz MS-20 capsule fell to the ground in the Kazakh steppe at 4:03 a.m. Belgian time. “The flight with the Soyuz MS-20 tourist space capsule has ended,” Rococosmos said on its website. 3.5 After the Soyuz spacecraft separated from the space volcano. Bad weather made it difficult for rescue helicopters to reach the landing site quickly.
On board the Soyuz were Japanese Yusaku Maezawa (46), who has amassed a fortune in online fashion, his assistant Yuzu Hirano and professional Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misorkin. All three seem fine.
The flight marks Russia’s return to space tourism after a 10-year hiatus. In this sector, Russia mainly lost to private American companies, especially Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The current return of interest is a potential unexpected financial gain. For space tourism, Russia cooperates with the American company Space Adventures.
The three men spent 12 days aboard the International Space Station. The Japanese billionaire had made himself a list of 100 missions he had to complete in space.
Maezawa’s assistant made videos about daily life in orbit for the billionaire’s YouTube account. The man can be seen explaining to his millions of followers how to brush your teeth or go to the toilet when you are weightless.