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An Absolutely Epic Photo of Humans Returning From Space

The Expedition 42 Soyuz capsule descending via parachute to land in Kazakhstan on March 12, 2015. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The Expedition 42 Soyuz capsule descending via parachute to land in Kazakhstan on March 12, 2015. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

It almost doesn’t look real but it is: the return of three humans aboard a Soyuz TMA-14M capsule after spending nearly six months aboard the ISS as part of Expedition 41/42, captured on camera by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls during their sunlit descent via parachute. The Soyuz landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan at 10:07 p.m. EDT March 11 / 02:07 UTC March 12. The landing site may have been in dense fog, but above the clouds the view was simply amazing!

Aboard the Soyuz TMA-14 were cosmonauts Elena Serova, Alexander Samokutyaev, and NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore. See more photos from the descent and landing on the NASA HQ Photo album on Flickr here.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on March 12, 2015, in Spaceflight and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Are oscillations in the top of fog like that caused by atmospheric gravity waves? That would still be kinda cool, even though it’s not related to gravitational waves.

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  2. Reblogged this on BrightStar Astronomy and commented:
    Not a bad view when returning to the planet…

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  3. Look at the scene, isnt it beautiful? what is greater than God, Man is second. welcome back to the world of space and mater

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  4. Reblogged this on EZ VIBE Network and commented:
    Wow imagine coming back to Earth and seeing this beautiful scenery!

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful photo, not to mention the concept it represents. wonderful

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  6. I’ve been lucky enough to see the sky like this on a flight that took off at dawn. Great picture; it has a whimsical “Up” feeling to it.

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