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  • Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained

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    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 to the ESA astronaut class of 2009 (also known as the #Shenanigans09) during their ESA Basic Training. It features interviews with astronauts who have flown on the Soyuz and dramatic footage of actual landings.

    Produced by the ESA Human Spaceflight and Operations (HSO) Astronaut Training Division, Cologne, Germany, in collaboration with the HSO Strategic Planning and Outreach Office, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, with special support from Roskosmos.

    Narration Voice: Bernard Oattes

    Technical Experts: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin (HSO-UT)

    Content Design: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin, Raffaele Castellano, Matthew Day (HSO-UT)

    Animation & Video Editing: Raffaele Castellano (HSO-UT), HSO-K

    Project Coordination: Matthew Day, Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin (HSO-UT)

    Special thanks to:
    Martin Schweiger (Orbiter software:
    Nikita Vtyurin, Andrew Thielmann (Orbiter Soyuz model)
    Lionel Ferra (HSO-UT)
    Oleg Polovnikov (HSO-UT)
    Frank De Winne (HSO-A)
    Paolo Nespoli (HSO-A)
    Antonio Rodenas Bosque (HSO-UT)
    NASA
    ROSCOSMOS
    S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia
    Aerospace Search and Rescue Service of the Russian Federation

    Parachute footage: Cambridge University Spaceflight

    Surfer footage: copyright Red Bull Media House

    Footage from inside Soyuz capsule courtesy of RSC Energia has limited rights:

    a) These data are submitted with Limited Rights under Agreement among the Government of Canada, Governments of Member States of the European Space Agency, the Government of Japan, the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United States of America concerning co-operation on the civil International Space Station.

    These data may be used by the receiving co-operating agency and its contractors and subcontractors, provided that such data shall be used, duplicated or disclosed only for the following purposes, which are related to the Cooperating Agency Space Station Program for ISS:
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    Also watch:
    Journey to the ISS Part 1: The launch sequence explained


    Watch Part 2: Soyuz rendezvous and docking explained


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  • Soyuz MS-04 Hatch Closing, Undocking and Landing, 3 September 2017

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    Three members of Expedition 52 returned to Earth inside their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft. The landing took at 9:21 p.m. EDT Sept. 2 (7:22 a.m. Kazakh Time / 01:22 GMT Sept. 3), 2017, in Kazakhstan.

    Returning were NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, as well as Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin. Fischer and Yurchikhin have been living in space since April 2017, while Whitson has been living aboard the outpost since November 2016.

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  • Soyuz MS-17 undocking and departure

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    The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft undocked from the Poisk service module of the International Space Station on 17 April 2021, at 01:34 UTC (21:34 EDT). International Space Station Expedition 64 crew members, Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov (Сергей Рыжиков), Sergey Kud-Sverchkov (Сергей Кудь-Сверчков) and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins, are scheduled to land in Kazakhstan on 17 April 2021, at 04:56 UTC (09:56 local time, 00:56 EDT).
    Credit: NASA/Roscosmos
    Soyuz MS-17 undocking
    Союз МС-17 расстыковка

  • NASA Television Video File- MS 13 Hatch Closing Undocking Landing - February 6, 2020

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    Expedition 61 Crew, Record-Setting Astronaut Christina Koch Return to Earth

    Expedition 61 Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency), Soyuz commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and NASA Flight Engineer Christina Koch landed safely on Earth near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Feb. 6 after bidding farewell to their colleagues on the complex and undocking their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft from the Poisk Module on the International Space Station. Koch completed a 328-day, 139-million mile mission on the orbital outpost --- the longest spaceflight ever conducted by a woman in history and the second longest single spaceflight by a U.S. astronaut. Parmitano and Skvortsov wrapped up a 201-day mission in space spanning 85.2 million miles.

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  • Soyuz rendezvous and docking explained

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    This second video in the ‘Journey to the International Space Station’ series follows the Soyuz capsule from Earth orbit to docking with the Space Station. Featuring interviews with ESA astronauts Luca Parmitano, Frank De Winne and Paolo Nespoli, and an introduction by Alexander Gerst, it includes unique footage taken from inside the Soyuz spacecraft.

    Produced by the ESA Human Spaceflight and Operations Astronaut Training Division in Cologne, Germany, in collaboration with the Human Spaceflight and Operations Strategic Planning and Outreach Office in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

    Narration: Bernard Oattes
    Technical experts: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin
    Content design: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin, Matthew Day, Celena Dopart
    Animation: Nelson Steinmetz, Yannis Nourrisson
    Video editing: Celena Dopart, Andrea Conigli
    Project coordination: Matthew Day

    Special thanks to:
    NASA
    Roscosmos
    Frank De Winne
    Paolo Nespoli
    Luca Parmitano
    Alexander Gerst
    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

    Also watch:
    Journey to the ISS Part 1: The Soyuz launch sequence explained


    Journey to the ISS Part 3: Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained


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  • Soyuz ride into space

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    On 28 May 2014, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman under the command of Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev rocketed into space in a Soyuz spacecraft. This was their voyage.

    For Alexander and Reid it was the first time they saw Earth from space.

    Strapped atop 274 tonnes of rocket propellants delivering 26 million horsepower, it took only six hours to reach their destination, International Space Station.

    Alexander worked as a geophysicist and volcanologist before he was selected as an ESA astronaut in 2009. His Blue Dot mission included an extensive scientific programme of experiments in physical science, biology, and human physiology as well as radiation research and technology demonstrations. All experiments make use of the out-of-this-world laboratory to improve life on Earth or prepare for further human exploration of our Solar System.

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  • SpaceX Crew Dragon Returns from Space Station on Demo-1 Mission

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    On March 8, 2019, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft undocks from the International Space Station, after nearly 5 days aboard the orbiting laboratory during the company’s Demo-1 mission for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and descends to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Just over 5 hours later, the uncrewed spacecraft splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida and is recovered by SpaceX teams.

  • Thomas Pesquet: Undocking and landing

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    Highlights from ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's return to Earth at the end of his six-month Proxima mission to the International Space Station on 2 June 2017.

    After farewells and hatch closure, Thomas and his Expedition 50/51 crewmate and Soyuz commander Oleg Novitsky undocked from the International Space Station at 12:47 CEST (10:47 GMT). Just a few hours later their spacecraft reentered Earth's atmosphere, landing in the Kazakh Steppe at 16:10 CEST (14:10 GMT). Thomas and Oleg were helped out of the Soyuz by a recovery crew and, after medical checks, they were flown to Karaganda airport where they received the traditional welcoming ceremony. Thomas then flew directly from Karaganda to Cologne, in Germany, home to the European Astronaut Centre, to start post-flight testing.

    Thomas and Oleg spent 196 days in space. Thomas took part in more than 60 experiments during his Proxima mission. His experiments are helping to understand the human brain, ocean currents and radiation in space, how atoms behave and tested new spacecraft materials. Other highlights included his two spacewalks to improve and maintain the Space Station.

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  • Three Space Station Crew Members Return Home Aboard Soyuz Spacecraft

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    Tune in live at 11:30 p.m. EDT, Fri., April 16 as three space travelers return home from the International Space Station. NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, aboard their Soyuz spacecraft, will make a parachute-assisted landing at 12:56 a.m., Sat., April 17, on the steppes of Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan.

    During her six month mission, Kate Rubins spent hundreds of hours working on space station experiments, talking with the researchers behind the studies, and serving as an ambassador for science in downlinks with the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and others. She built on experiments conducted during her first mission in 2016, working on new heart research and DNA sequencing.

    Read more about Rubins' scientific journey: go.nasa.gov/3a8LReH

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  • Soyuz launch,docking with ISS and landing

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    Awesome video of launch, docking at the International Space Station, and landing

  • The Soyuz launch sequence explained

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    What are the parts of the Soyuz rocket? What are the stages into orbit? What is the launch sequence? Watch and find out. This video has been produced from an actual lesson delivered to the ESA astronaut class of 2009 during their ESA Basic Training in 2009-2010

    This video is a joint production of the ESA Human Spaceflight & Operation Astronaut Training Division & Promotion Office

    Note: Subtitles are available for English, Italian, Russian and German. Click on the caption button to choose.

    Technical Experts: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin
    Content Design: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin, Pascal Renten, Simon Trim, Matthew Day
    Video Production & Editing: Pascal Renten, Simon Trim, Andrea Conigli
    Narration Voice: Bernard Oattes
    Project Co-ordination: Loredana Bessone, Matthew Day

    Special Thanks to:

    Massimo Sabbatini, Guillaume Weerts ESA Human Spaceflight & Operation Promotion Office
    Martin Schweiger (for use of his Orbiter software:
    Nikita Vtyurin, Andrew Thielmann (Orbiter Soyuz model)
    Iacopo Baroncini (Soyuz model)
    Joey P. Wade (Google Earth Soyuz models)
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    ROSCOSMOS

    Watch Part 2: Soyuz rendezvous and docking explained


    Watch Part 3: Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained


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  • Fit for space – Soyuz training

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    In the first episode of our ‘Fit for space’ training series, ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Luca Parmitano share how crewmembers prepare for their journey to the International Space Station in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

    Training for the critical moments of Soyuz spaceflight – launch, ascent, docking and landing – take place at Roscosmos’ Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. Here, astronauts use sophisticated Soyuz simulators to practice procedures and respond to emergency situations.

    The Soyuz simulators at GCTC are designed to act and be operated in exactly the same way as the spacecraft itself. Astronauts must demonstrate their proficiency in manually controlling the Soyuz to prepare for the unlikely event that automated and ground-based operations fail.

    They also prepare for emergency events that could occur onboard the International Space Station itself.

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  • Horizons mission - Soyuz: launch to orbit

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    This unique video shows a full launch of the Soyuz MS-09: from liftoff to orbit.

    Watch the launch from inside the crew capsule with first-ever shots from outside the spacecraft recorded by cameras fixed to the exterior of the Soyuz.

    The intense launch lasts less than ten minutes whereby the Soyuz spacecraft is propelled 1640 km and gains 210 km altitude. Every second for nine minutes, the spacecraft accelerates 50 km/h on average as the rocket’s boosters burn their fuel and are discarded.
    See the astronaut’s reactions and what the spacecraft looks like as the main steps are carried out to get into orbit:

    -00:12 Launch command issued
    -00:10 Engine turbopumps at flight speed
    -00:05 Engines at maximum thrust
    00:00 Launch
    +1:54 Separation of emergency rescue system
    +1:57 First stage separation
    +2:38 Fairing separation
    +4:48 Second stage separation
    +4:58 Tail adapter separation
    +8:45 Third stage engine cut off having arrived in orbit
    +8:49 Soyuz separation, deploy solar arrays and antennae

    The astronauts, from left to right, are NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev and ESA astronaut and flight engineer Alexander Gerst launched in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station on 6 June 2018. ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and ESA television host Richard Hollingham provide commentary taken from the live event.

    Hunched in their Sokol flight suits that offer protection in case of fire or depressurisation, the trio stay in the crew capsule of the Soyuz – the only module that is also designed to survive a return to Earth. The bags above their heads contain supplies for the International Space Station as every bit of space is used.

    During a Soyuz launch astronauts typically experience forces of up to 4g – having to work while being pressed into their seats with a force that is four times more than the gravity felt on Earth. The Soyuz commander uses a stick to press buttons as they are too far away from the control panel.

    The fluffy toys above the astronauts’ heads are mascots and good luck charms but also serve as a simple but effective test to see when the spacecraft is in orbit: when they start to float the spacecraft is weightless and orbiting Earth. Above Sergei is the mascot for the 2018 FIFA soccer World Cup held in Russia. Alexander took German children television icon “Die Maus” with him.

    The launch went as planned as the 50-m tall Soyuz rocket propelled the astronauts to their cruising speed of around 28 800 km/h.
    For this launch the astronauts took 34 orbits of Earth over two days to arrive at their destination spending their time in the cramped orbital module of the Soyuz that is no larger than a car. With limited communications and living space the astronauts had time to adapt to weightlessness and reflect on their mission ahead. They aligned their spacecraft with the International Space Station and approached the orbital outpost for docking on 8 June 2018. The files for this video were downloaded by the astronauts after arriving at the Space Station.

    Alexander is a returning visitor to the International Space Station, the first of ESA’s 2009 class of astronauts to be sent into space for a second time. During the second part of his mission Alexander will take over as commander of the International Space Station, only the second time an ESA astronaut will take on this role so far.

    Credits: ESA / NASA / Roscosmos

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  • Fire in the Soyuz!

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    (L-115 days) ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov take us inside the Soyuz simulator at Star City where they are training for off-nominal situations they could face during their spaceflight. In practice, this includes anything their Soyuz instructor decides to throw at them - including scenarios such as fire or depressurisation.

    Andreas is currently training for his 10-day Iriss mission to the International Space Station, set for launch in September 2015.

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  • Expedition 63 Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

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    Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos landed safely on Earth near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Oct. 22 after bidding farewell to their colleagues on the complex and undocking their Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft from the Poisk module on the International Space Station. Cassidy, Ivanishin and Vagner completed a journey of 196 days in space conducting research and maintenance aboard the orbital outpost..

  • Welcome Back! Discovery Lands Safely at Kennedy

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    Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts ended a two-week journey of more than 6.2 million miles with a Tuesday morning landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Returning to Earth aboard the orbiter were STS-131 Commander Alan Poindexter, Pilot Jim Dutton, and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The STS-131 mission to the International Space Station included three spacewalks, the installation of equipment outside the ISS, and the transfer of thousands of pounds of cargo and supplies from the orbiter's payload bay to various locations on the station.

  • Expedition 63 Crew Launches to the International Space Station

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    Expedition 63 Soyuz Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos and Chris Cassidy of NASA launched on the Russian Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft on April 9 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to begin a six-hour journey to the International Space Station and the start of a six-month mission on the outpost. The footage contains the crew’s prelaunch activities that included their departure from their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters, their suit-up in the Cosmodrome’s Integration Facility, walk out to their crew bus and arrival at the launch pad to board their spacecraft.

  • Expedition 64 Change of Command - April 15, 2021

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    Expedition 64 Crew Hands over International Space Station to Expedition 65 Crew

    Command of the International Space Station was passed from Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos to Houston native and NASA astronaut Shannon Walker during a ceremony on the orbital outpost on April 15. Ryzhikov is returning to Earth April 17 with Expedition 64 crewmates Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to complete a journey of 185 days in space. Walker remains on the station as commander of Expedition 65 with cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

  • Chris Hadfield Returns to Earth

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    2013-05-14 - After five months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield and his Expedition 34/35 crewmates Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko made a successful undocking from the ISS and a triumphant return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft.

    Landing in Kazakhstan at 10:31 pm EDT, Hadfield would emerge from the Soyuz in good health, helped by the local ground crew. Hadfield became the first Canadian Commander of the ISS during Expedition 35, performed over 130 science experiments, and was at the center of an impressive social media campaign that captured the attention and support of people from around the world.

    Credits: Canadian Space Agency and NASA

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  • How do astronauts return to Earth? with Closed Captions

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    The ride home from the International Space Station sees the astronauts brake from 28 800 km/h to a standstill at touchdown in barely three hours. How does the Soyuz spacecraft reenter the atmosphere? And how does the capsule land?

    Watch in just two minutes the sequence of events from farewell to landing. This video is based on a training lesson for ESA astronauts, and it features dramatic footage of actual landings.

    To find out more, watch the extended version:

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    ESA; NASA; Roscosmos; S.P. Korolev Rocket; Space Corporation Energia; Aerospace Search and Rescue Service of the Russian Federation.

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  • Watch Three Space Travelers Return Home from the International Space Station

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    NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos will return to Earth from the International Space Station on Wed., Oct. 21, 2020. Tune in for deorbit burn and landing coverage as their Soyuz spacecraft descends to a parachute-assisted landing, set for 10:55 p.m. EDT southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. 




    The three crew members will wrap up a 196-day mission spanning 3,136 orbits of Earth and 83 million miles. Cassidy is completing his third spaceflight for a total of 378 days in space, the fifth highest total among U.S. astronauts. Ivanishin is completing his third flight into space, totaling 476 days. This was Vagner’s first spaceflight. During their expedition, Cassidy, Ivanishin, and Vagner welcomed the arrival of NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission, the first crewed flight of a commercial spacecraft and the first launch of humans from American soil to the space station since 2011.

  • Expedition 63 Change of Command Ceremony - October 20, 2020

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    Expedition 63 Crew Hands over Space Station to Expedition 64

    Command of the International Space Station was passed from NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy of NASA to Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov during a ceremony on the orbital outpost on Oct. 20. Cassidy is returning to Earth Oct. 22 with Expedition 63 crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos in the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to complete a journey of 196 days in space. Ryzhikov remains on the station as commander of Expedition 64 with crewmates Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA.

  • NTV VideoFile Expedition 62 Landing - April 17, 2020

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    International Space Station’s Expedition 62 Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

    Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan of NASA landed safely on Earth near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, April 17 after bidding farewell to their colleagues on the complex and undocking their Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station. Skripochka and Meir completed 205 days in space, and Morgan wrapped up a 272-day mission on the orbital outpost.

  • Expedition 62 Crew Returns to Earth From Space Station

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    After months living and working on the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are returning to Earth.

    On board the orbiting laboratory, Andrew Morgan contributed to hundreds of experiments and conducted seven spacewalks. During her first spaceflight, Jessica Meir conducted the first three all-woman spacewalks with crewmate Christina Koch.

    Join us and follow along as they make their voyage back to the Earth.

  • Soyuz Crew Launch to the International Space Station

    1:32:25

    Watch a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft lift off on a two-orbit, three-hour journey to the International Space Station! NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch at 3:42 a.m. EDT, Friday, April 9, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

    The trio will be part of Expeditions 64 and 65 on the station, where they'll continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science. This will be Vande Hei's second spaceflight, Novitskiy's third, and Dubrov's first. 

  • Welcome Back to Earth

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    Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) were greeted in a traditional ceremony in Kazakhstan June 18, a few hours after their safe return to Earth from a 186 day mission on the International Space Station.

  • Expedition 34/35 Hatch Opening

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    2012-12-21 - The crew of Expedition 34/35, consisting of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, opened the hatch to their new orbital home at 11:37 a.m. EST on December 21, 2012.

    The crew will live and work on the International Space Station for five months and Hadfield will become the first Canadian commander of the ISS during the second half of his mission in March 2013.

    Credits: Canadian Space Agency and NASA

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  • NASA Astronauts Return to Earth, Splashdown on SpaceX Dragon Endeavour

    8:48:25

    After 62 days in space, approximately 1,024 orbits around our planet and four spacewalks, our #LaunchAmerica crew members made their way home!

    On Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley returned to Earth aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft. They splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at 2:48 p.m. EDT.

  • Soyuz Launch Sequence Explained

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    Well here it is, the long awaited Soyuz Launch Sequence fully explained. This video explains how a Soyuz Rocket launches from Kazakhstan and gets into it's orbital path, 220km above Earth.

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  • Soyuz TMA-15M landing – welcoming ceremony

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    ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft 11 June 2015.

    Shortly after landing the crew were welcomed back to Earth in a traditional Kazakh ceremony held for all astronauts who return from space on a Soyuz spacecraft.

  • Soyuz ride to the Space Station

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    The ride to the International Space Station sees astronauts launched on top of a rocket fuelled by 300 tonnes of propellant. Where on Earth do astronauts take off? When do they experience weightlessness for the first time? And how long does the trip take?

    Watch in just over a minute the events from launch to docking. This video is based on a training lesson for ESA astronauts, and it features footage taken from inside the Soyuz spacecraft.

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    Credits: ESA/NASA/Roscosmos/Google Earth

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  • David Saint-Jacques returns after 204 days in space

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    Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is getting used to being back in Earth's gravity after returning from a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station, breaking Robert Thrisk's Canadian record set in 2009. Thirsk explains what happens to the body as it readjusts to life on Earth.

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  • NASA TV Video File - Expedition 63 Docking and Hatch Open - April 9, 2020

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    Expedition 63 Crew Arrives to the International Space Station

    Expedition 63 Soyuz Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos and Chris Cassidy of NASA arrived at the International Space Station April 9, docking their spacecraft to the Poisk module on the Russian segment of the complex. They completed the six-hour journey after launching earlier in the day in their Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A few hours after docking, Ivanishin, Vagner and Cassidy opened hatches between the spacecraft and were greeted by station Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan of NASA. As the hatches were opened, the families of the newly arrived crew members and American and Russian space officials viewed the activities from Baikonur and offered their congratulations to the newest residents of the outpost.

  • Soyuz undocking reentry and landing explained

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    Soyuz undocking reentry and landing explained

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  • Soyuz - Undocking, Reentry and Landing

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    Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing footage.

    The object picked up on re-entry is not a Soyuz. It is the ATV-1, a European satellite. I put it for not having external recording reentry of Soyuz.


    Soyuz desacoplando, pousando e em reentrada.

    O objeto captado na reentrada não é uma Soyuz. É a ATV-1, um satélite europeu. Coloquei-o por não haverem gravações externas de reentradas da Soyuz.

    Música/Music: Mars - Nick Ingman & Terry Devine-King.

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  • Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained

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    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 .

    Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing footage. The object picked up on re-entry is not a Soyuz. It is the ATV-1, a European satellite. I put it for not having external .

    What are the parts of the Soyuz rocket? What are the stages into orbit? What is the launch sequence? Watch and find out. This video has been produced from an .

    At the end of a groundbreaking mission, a Soyuz space capsule begins to shake violently and fill with smoke. Whats even stranger is that theres no sign of the .

  • Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained

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    Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained

  • Soyuz Landing

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    ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko landed in the steppe of Kazakhstan on Saturday, 18 June in their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft. The trio spent 186 days on the International Space Station. The landing brings Tim Peake’s Principia mission to an end but the research continues. Tim is the eighth ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space. He is the third after Alexander Gerst and Andreas Mogensen to fly directly to ESA’s astronaut home base in Cologne, Germany, for medical checks and for researchers to collect more data on how Tim’s body and mind have adapted to living in space.

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  • Soyuz 11: Disaster in Space

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    Soyuz 11 was the only crewed mission to board the world's first space station, Salyut 1. The crew, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev, arrived at the space station on 7 June 1971 and departed on 29 June. The mission ended in disaster when the crew capsule depressurized during preparations for reentry, killing the three-man crew. The three crew members of Soyuz 11 are the only humans known to have died in space.
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  • Safe Landing for Soyuz MS-03 & Two Crew Members after 3,136 Orbits

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    Mission Updates:

    It was a warm summertime evening in the Kazakh steppe on Friday when a Soyuz Capsule carrying two ISS crew members from France and Russia parachuted to a safe landing one hour before sunset, closing out a half-year space mission that circled the Earth 3,136 times and covered 130 million Kilometers.

    Two-time Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet enjoyed a flawless homecoming aboard their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, culminating with the usual bumpy parachute-and-rocket-assisted landing at 14:10 UTC, 8:10 p.m. Kazakhstan time, just 60 minutes before sundown over the sparsely populated landing area 147 Kilometers from the remote town of Dzhezkazgan.

  • Soyuz Landing Spotlighted with New View

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    A camera mounted on an all-terrain vehicle that was part of the Russian Search and Recovery Forces team in Kazakhstan captured never-before-seen views of the landing of the Expedition 23 crew in the Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft east of the town of Dzezhgazkan on June 2, 2010. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi returned to Earth after 163 days in space.

  • Discovery Heads for Home

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    On Flight Day 12 the STS-133 crew members undocked space shuttle Discovery from the International Space Station to begin their journey home to Earth. They're scheduled to land on Flight Day 14, Mar. 9, at 11:58 a.m. EST at the Kennedy Space Center.

  • Interview with Samantha after landing

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    Interview with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shortly after returning from a six and a half month stay on the International Space Station.

    Samantha, together with Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov and NASA astronaut Terry Virts, landed with their the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft in the Kazakh steppe at 15:44 CEST (13:44 GMT) on 11 June 2015.

  • Expedition 36 Returns Safely

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    Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and NASA Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy were treated to a traditional ceremony at the airport in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 11, hours after landing in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft in Kazakhstan..

  • One-Year Crew Launches to the ISS

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    ASA Television covered the launch of the Expedition 43 crew to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 27 U.S. time (March 28, Kazakh time). The spacecraft carried Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly to the orbital complex, where Kelly and Kornienko will spend a year conducting research on the long duration effects of space travel on the human body.

  • Fond Farewell for Suni, Aki and Yuri

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    The new commander of the International Space Station, NASA's Kevin Ford, is joined by his Expedition 34 crewmembers, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin in bidding farewell to and closing the station hatch behind Suni Williams, Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko as they prepare to return home to Earth aboard their Soyuz spacecraft.

  • My Summer Vacation: Soyuz Relocation

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    My crewmates Gennady Padalka and Mikhail (Misha) Kornienko and I took a road trip of sorts from the International Space Station after a little more than five months of our stay. We left our orbital home for a 20-minute get away to move our spacecraft. We undocked our Soyuz that brought us to the space station back in late March from the Poisk module of the International Space Station, and we reparked it at the orbiting laboratory’s Zvezda service module where it now resides.

    Moving the Soyuz spacecraft cleared the Poisk module for the arrival of our new Expedition 45 crew member Sergei Volkov, and visiting crew members Andreas (Andy) Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov.

    It's the first time in nearly two years since nine crew members are aboard the station simultaneously. It's a full house.

    Andy and Aidyn, a Kazakh cosmonaut I just met for the first time, will return to Earth with Padalka in about a week on Sept. 12.

    Misha and I will stay for the remainder of a year and return to Earth - March 2016 - on the newly arrived Soyuz.

    Like most vacations, it wasn't long enough and I returned tired.

  • Soyuz hooks up to the station

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    After launching earlier in the day in their Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 38/39 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency arrived at the International Space Station on Nov. 7; docking their craft to the Rassvet module on the Russian segment of the complex.

  • Record-Setting Space Station Crew Member Returns to Houston

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    Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Christina Koch of NASA returned home to Ellington Field in Houston, Texas Feb. 7 aboard a NASA plane some 24 hours after a parachute-assisted landing in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan. Koch set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman – 328 days – in a mission on the orbiting laboratory that spanned 5248 orbits of the Earth and 139 million miles, roughly the equivalent of 291 round trips to the Moon. Koch performed six spacewalks during her mission and saw the arrival of a dozen visiting vehicles and the departure of a dozen spacecraft.

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