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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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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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Many changes before Luca returns

ESA mission director Roland Luettgens keeps us up to date on Luca’s Volare mission: There is an incredible period of activity around the International Space Station these days with many things happening onboard as well as on ground over the … Continue reading

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Columbus Control Centre ready for Progress departure

‘Vehicle traffic’ is the term we use for every spaceship that goes to or leaves the International Space Station. Currently there are four attached to the Station: ATV-4, two Soyuz (one each for each expedition) and one Progress. Every couple … Continue reading

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