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Summary

  1. British astronaut Tim Peake has returned to Earth after a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS)
  2. During his mission, Major Peake completed the first spacewalk by a UK astronaut and ran the London Marathon
  3. He completed 2,976 orbits of Earth and covered a distance of roughly 125 million km
  4. A Soyuz capsule carrying Major Peake, American Tim Kopra and Russian Yuri Malenchenko touched down in Kazakhstan at 10:15 BST on Saturday
  5. Tim Peake described his journey back to Earth as "the best ride I've been on ever"

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Amos, Helen Briggs and Paul Rincon

All times stated are UK

  1. Welcome home, Major Tim

    As the British astronaut heads for Norway, en route to Germany and a reunion with his wife Rebecca and their two boys, we're going to sign off our coverage on this page. Thanks for being with us today.

    It's a shame we didn't get to have a sit-down Q&A with Tim, but a media conference has been scheduled for Tuesday and, of course, we'll be across that here on BBC News. 

    Tim Peake

    And to tide you over, enjoy a selection of Tim's photos of Planet Earth.

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    Video caption: Tim Peake: A compilation of the UK astronaut's best photos and comments.
  2. Up close to the Soyuz capsule

    Our science editor gets a rare glimpse of the capsule that carried the space farers.

  3. Still smiling

    ...and the men do indeed come out of the back room to be taken straight to the Nasa Gulfstream jet that will transport them to Norway. Sarah Rainsford reports that Tim is still smiling, so he must be in decent shape.

    In Norway, the Gulfstream will land to allow Tim Peake to board another plane to Cologne in Germany. Cologne is the HQ of the European Space Agency's astronaut operations.

    Tim Kopra will go on to the US.

  4. Cameras down... out of courtesy

    Our Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford says they have been asked not to film the astronauts when they are taken to the plane. "They may be feeling a little overwhelmed," she says. 

    They're currently in a back room at the airport receiving medical attention. All the officials around Sarah stress there is nothing wrong. The men are just very, very tired. "They've just come back from space."

  5. "Very tired"

    We hear from our team at Karagandy that the reason the two Tims didn't join Yuri Malenchenko for the press conference is because they are exhausted. But nothing to worry about, say Russian officials. 

    Who can blame them? That's quite an experience they've been through today.

    We'll see if they have the energy to make an appearance a bit later.

  6. Russian hero

    We've currently got just Yuri Malenchenko in the press conference. Neither Tim Peake nor Tim Kopra are present. We're not sure why at the moment. 

    Remember, after today, Malenchenko becomes the second most experienced spaceman in history, having spent a cumulative time in orbit of 827 days. A remarkable achievement.

    Only Gennadi Padalka has more. A total of 878 days.

    Malenchenko
  7. Scott Kelly tweets

  8. Press conference due soon

    We're expecting to hear from the Expedition 47 crew very shortly. There'll be a short ceremony where they'll receive a matryoshka doll bearing their faces, together with some local traditional clothing.

    Matryoshka doll bearing image of Tim Peake
  9. Our Moscow correspondent tweets

    Sarah Rainsford says Tim Peake is still smiling.

  10. When was peak Peake?

    BBC News readers have been describing their favourite moments from the mission.

    "I have found it incredible the interest that my four-year-old daughter has taken in Tim Peake's adventures. The videos that he has produced and put on YouTube have enthralled her for the past six months - on a weekly basis," says Emma Palmer, from Essex.         

    Tim Peake
  11. Tim Peake lands at Karagandy

    Tim Peake walks from his helicopter at Karagandy ready for a welcome ceremony.

    Tim Peake
  12. Booming industry

    Britain’s space sector was recently valued at £12bn – double what it was a decade ago.

    Its world-leading satellite businesses and contributions to major space projects now support more than 115,000 jobs.

    Britain's hidden role in the space race

    Inmarsat satellite
  13. Funny feet?

    Living in microgravity can have all kinds of strange effects on the human body. But in this exclusive video for the BBC, Tim describes an unusual one, which affects the soles of his feet.

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  14. Mission review

    While we wait for the media conference coming up later this afternoon, watch some of the highlights from Tim Peake's 186 days in orbit.

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    Video caption: Tim Peake: Watch key moments from the UK astronaut's mission
  15. Re-live that landing

    This was the moment that Peake, Kopra and Malenchenko touched down.

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    Video caption: UK astronaut returns: The moment Peake fell to Earth
  16. They're in the air

    We're hearing that the helicopters to bring the crew back to Karagandy have now taken off.  It's a near two-hour flight.

  17. Where did you watch?

    A huge crowd gathered at the National Space Centre in Leicester this morning to watch the landing on the big screen. They had quite a time by all accounts.

    "Every moment throughout his journey, we've been following him here," the visitor attraction's Dr Tamela Maciel said. "We've been amazed by the response."

    Crowd