- Soichi Noguchi
- First first
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The first astronaut to return from space using three different landing techniques is a JAXA astronaut, Soichi Noguchi (Japan). Noguchi's first spaceflight was to the International Space Station (ISS) in July 2005 on the STS-114 spacecraft, which landed back on earth by rolling out on Edwards Runway 22. He returned to the ISS in December 2009 on Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft and the mission ended when the crew capsule landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan. In November 2020, he was launched to the ISS for the SpaceX Crew-1 mission, which ended with the capsule splashdown in Gulf of Mexico.
Soichi Noguchi is also the record holder of 'Longest time between spacewalks'.