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NASA's @Astro_Ron's 164-day journey aboard the International Space Station, as told through the photographs he tweeted while in orbit

At 10 AM local time, NASA astronaut Ron Garan and two of his fellow Russian cosmonauts landed in Kazakhstan after 164 days in space on the International Space Station. During that time, the astronauts made more than 2500 orbits around the Earth and traveled more than 67 million miles at a speed of about five miles per second (17,500 mph). They circled the Earth every 90 minutes and saw 16 sunrises and sunsets each day.

While in space, Garan tweeted his journey (via a satellite connection to a computer in Houston) from the handle @Astro_Ron, commenting on events both in orbit and down here on Earth. We've put together the story of their entire journey, told through his tweets and photographs posted on Twitpic. Welcome back to Earth, @Astro_Ron!





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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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