Harper said Hadfield's mission is a proud moment for Canada.
"I'd like, as prime minister, to welcome Commander Chris Hadfield back to Earth," he said at a funding announcement. "He has made all Canadians proud. What a tremendous mission that has been."
Hadfield touched down in Kazakhstan on Monday night aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule, which was also carrying Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn — the same pair the Canadian astronaut blasted off with on Dec. 19, 2012.
During his five-month mission at the International Space Station, the 53-year-old space veteran became the first Canadian to command the orbiting laboratory.
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