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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield prepares for return home from space

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield poses for a photo in this undated handout photo. The Royal Canadian Institute has selected Mr. Hadfield to receive its Sandford Fleming medal for contributions to the public understanding of science.

Chris Hadfield/The Canadian Press

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is packing his bags as he wraps up his five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

Hadfield tweeted this morning that he "proudly" hands command of the station to Pavel Vinogradov, a Russian cosmonaut.

He also tweeted that it's "time to rev up the Soyuz" for the trip home.

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Plans call for Hadfield and two other crewmembers to leave the station Monday just after 7 p.m. E-T aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

They're due to land in Kazakhstan about three and-a-half hours later.

A helicopter will take them to a local airport, where a waiting NASA plane will fly them to Houston, Texas.

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