Japanese billionaire Maezawa and his assistant return from space

After spending ten days in space, two Japanese tourists have returned safely from the International Space Station to Earth.

The Russian Space Agency said that the space capsule carrying billionaire businessman Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yuzo Hirano landed on the plains of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Monday morning.

Aboard the capsule was cosmonaut Alexander Misorkin, who accompanied the two on the tour.

The Russian space agency said the returnees were in good health.

The space agency posted a video clip on the social networking site Twitter, showing the three happily waving to the camera.

The agency added that the returnees will undergo a 21-day rehabilitation training, during which they will rebuild their muscles under medical supervision, and work is being done to restore their bodies to return to life on Earth.

This is the first time that Russia has sent tourists to the International Space Station in 12 years.

According to Forbes magazine, Maezawa, 46, is one of the 30 richest people in Japan, with a fortune of about 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion).

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