Smith splashes down

Wednesday, December 27th, 2000 - 12:51 pm PST

NASA experts this morning guided Rev. Smith on a perilous journey back to the Earth after 21 days stranded in space. Detaching himself from the International Space Station, Smith desperately flung himself toward home, allowing gravity to pull him down. It was only by wrapping himself in over 200 layers of bubble wrap that he narrowly avoided being burnt up in the atmosphere. After a grueling 4 hour “free fall”, Smith opened his makeshift paper mache parachute, eventually landing safely in the reflecting pool of the National Mall in Washington, DC, just moments ago.