MOSCOW -- An American female space tourist received roses and kisses from her husband yesterday after she returned to Earth in a cramped capsule with a two-man crew from the International Space Station.
Anousheh Ansari, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, and US astronaut Jeffrey Williams were flown to Moscow for medical tests and debriefing hours after touching down on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
Russian space officials said all three felt well. But the rigors of the journey and the readjustment from the weightlessness they'd experienced at the space station were evident earlier as they sat still strapped in their seats outside the Russian Soyuz capsule.
Ansari, wrapped in a fur-lined blanket to guard against the morning chill, smiled and looked a bit dazed as she was presented with a bouquet of roses. Her husband, Hamid, had surprised her.
Vinogradov and Williams sat nearby . Rescuers then picked up all three chairs and carried them to waiting helicopters for the flight to Kustanai, Kazakhstan, where they took part in a ceremony welcoming them home.
Ansari, an Iranian-born entrepreneur, lives outside Dallas.