Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has returned to Earth along with two other after a half-year mission to the International Space Station that saw him shoot to global stardom by captivating people worldwide with his Twitter microblog.

His popularity surged as he made videos on topics ranging from what to eat in outerspace to songs and philosophical musings.

Hadfield landed in a Soyuz capsule together with his Russian and US crew in Kazakhastan.

He may be the last Canadian astronaut in space for some time, since budget cuts in his country mean that Canada's space programme faces an uncertain future. 

Daniel Lak reports from Toronto, Canada.

Source: Al Jazeera