ALMATY According to Russia’s space agency, a Japanese millionaire returned to Earth on Monday after spending 12 days aboard the International Space Station filming everyday chores like brushing his teeth and going to the restroom.
Along with Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, online fashion billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his aide Yozo Hirano parachuted onto Kazakhstan’s steppe at roughly 0313 GMT Monday.
“The flight of the “tourist” spacecraft “Soyuz MS-20″ has been completed,” Roscosmos reported on its website, without specifying a precise landing time.
Their mission marked Russia’s return to space tourism after a ten-year hiatus caused by increased rivalry from the US.
The Japanese visitors videotaped their everyday lives aboard the ISS for Maezawa’s popular YouTube channel throughout their 12-day stay on the orbiting laboratory.
The 46-year-old millionaire showed how to clean his teeth and go to the restroom in space to his one million YouTube subscribers.
When the three astronauts landed on the International Space Station on December 8, they joined a seven-person crew doing space biology and physics research.
Maezawa intends to send eight people on a voyage around the moon in 2023, which will be run by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Since journalist Toyohiro Akiyama visited the Mir station in 1990, he and his helper are the first private Japanese individuals to explore space.