Astronaut home after 5 months in space

September 17, 2011 9:03:58 PM PDT
An astronaut who's been in space for months returned home to Texas on Saturday with a warm welcome from his neighbors.

Friends and family gathered outside Ron Garan's home in Nassau Bay to greet him.

He just spent five months on the International Space Station.

The city placed 164 American flags in his yard -- one for each day he was in space.

"This is great. It's a wonderful homecoming," Garan said. "I've been gone a long time. It's great to come back to Nassau Bay."

Garan and two Russian cosmonauts returned to Earth yesterday in a Soyuz capsule that landed in Kazakhstan.