July 16, 2019

Photos: Space crew welcomed home after 199-day mission


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Three space station residents crammed inside a capsule smaller than a compact car landed on the austere plans of Kazakhstan on Thursday, returning to Earth for their first taste of gravity and whiff of nature in nearly seven months.

Commanded by veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, who was flanked by European Space Agency flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronaut Terry Virts, the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft landed at 1344 GMT (9:44 a.m. EDT; 7:44 p.m. local time) Thursday.

The photos from NASA and ESA photographers at the landing site show the final descent of the Soyuz TMA-15M return module under its orange and white parachute, a jolting, rocket-assisted touchdown, then the greeting of Shkaplerov, Cristoforetti and Virts by the Russian recovery team.

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Locals observe the recovery of the Soyuz spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Locals observe the recovery of the Soyuz spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: ESA/Stephane Corvaja
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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