Monthly Archives: November 2013


Closing the hatch of the Soyuz is like closing the the cover of a just-finished book. The sense of abandonment is surprising, until I realise that a last page is nothing more than an invitation to open the first page … Continue reading

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Airline pilot spots astronauts returning to Earth

Update after we confirmed the image below shows the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth Captain Wijker sent us this message: Just reflecting on what I saw; watched like millions of others many times animated footage of space capsules returning to … Continue reading

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Interview with Luca just after landing

Interview with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, on Monday 11 November, shortly after landing in the Kazakhstan steppe. Luca, together with Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, landed at 02:49 GMT (03:49 CET), in the same Soyuz TMA-09M … Continue reading

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Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained

How does an astronaut return to Earth from the International Space Station? What does it feel like to re-enter the atmosphere? How does the Soyuz capsule function? Watch and find out. This video is based on an actual lesson delivered … Continue reading

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Out of the capsule

Luca seems in good shape after 25 minutes on Earth

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Touchdown at 03:49 CET perfectly on time!

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Visual contact

First visual contact of Luca, Karen and Fyodor in their Soyuz TMA-09M

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Soyuz departs from Space Station

Seen from the International Space Station, Luca Parmitano, Karen Nyberg and Fyodor Yurchikhin leave in their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft heading for Kazakhstan on Earth.

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Columbus Control Centre keeping an eye on Luca

Columbus Control Centre keeps an eye on the Columbus space laboratory and ESA astronauts in space at all times. An impressive array of computer screens and information are constantly monitored. On the wall are the mission patches they have overseen.

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Hatch is closed

Luca, Karen and Fyodor have left the International Space Station for their Soyuz spacecraft. They will now perform leak tests to make sure everything is airtight. Separation is set for 00:26

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