Soyuz Landing


The Soyuz TMA-10M with the Astronauts still inside.


The Petrovich vehicles that made it to the Soyuz with us on board.


The Soyuz minutes after landing, with impact area visible in the snow on the left. It must have got dragged by the parachutes.


Commander Oleg Kotov and Expedition 38 Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy touched down in the snow in Kazakhstan at 09:24 a.m local time inside the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft. For a minute or so it was just us and them, before the first helicopter touched down. They fired their engine to de-orbit at 08.30am - so just under an hour back to Earth. We were told by our Russian colleagues that this was one of the most difficult Soyuz recoveries because of the deep snow. The Petrovich's are amazing machines. You'll see it all in Human Universe later this year :-)




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