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Three 'nauts have made it home from the International Space Station in time for Christmas, landing in Kazakhstan early this morning. Expedition 33 commander Suni Williams and flight engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide landed northeast of the remote town of Arkalyk at 1.53am GMT after 127 days in space. The trio set off …

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...Russian Malenchenko, who was on his fifth flight, bringing him up to 642 days in space.

2 years in space - Kudos! They probably have the bone density of an 80yr old and probably glow in the dark, but that would be nothing compared to the mental effects, I suspect.

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well done and welcome home. Happy [winter solstice-ish celebration of choice]

that is all.

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Of course the real question here is.....

Where did the ground crew get that oversized lightsaber?

Seriously though, what IS that? Is it a light source (if so, why not use some sort of arc lamp?), is it a heat source (if so, why not use something more efficient... and in a tent or similar?) or is it one of Al Harrington's Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubemen? Without the arms.

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Wow awful low key

I guess when you have to eat humble pie and get rides from your former arch enemy you aren't going to celebrate getting home that much. Stupid NASA and worthless politicians.

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The light Saber your referring to seems to be an inflatable tube [think bouncy castle] where light is streamed up to the top from below the fan section at the base of the unit.

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