André Kuipers: bringing space a little closer to home

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Dutch astronaut André Kuipers returns to Earth on Sunday after spending over six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Dutch astronaut André Kuipers returns to Earth on Sunday after spending over six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Down here on terra firma, we have been able to follow his every move on Twitter and via live video links. Kuipers’ exploits have brought space that little bit closer to home.

“He’ll never stop smiling again,” was the comment when Kuipers entered the air lock of the ISS for the second time in his life over six months ago. The Dutchman was grinning from ear to ear as he greeted his colleagues. In his own words, it felt like coming home.

Enthusiasm
From his “home in the sky”, Kuipers launched into an enthusiastic barrage of messages, tweets, photos, videos and Q&A sessions for the benefit of a fascinated audience bac