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Astronaut from Statesville returns to Earth

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
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Tom Marshburn, the NASA astronaut from Statesville, is back on earth with his family after spending nearly six months at the International Space Station.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, he tweeted: “Unforgettable return to Earth. Am feeling good and very happy to be back with the family.”

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying flight engineer Marshburn, Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield and Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko landed at 10:31 p.m. eastern time Monday in Kazakhstan.

Marshburn has been aboard the International Space Station since Dec. 19.

Days before he was scheduled to return to earth, Marshburn and fellow astronaut Chris Cassidy completed a space walk to fix an ammonia coolant link.

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