The video, just published by io9, follows three astronauts from the moment their Soyuz capsule undocks from the ISS to what is considered a “soft” landing on solid ground in Kazakhstan. Although the capsule hits the ground at a speed of about 3 miles an hour, the term “soft” might not be the most accurate description…
“The soft landing is not really soft … it felt like a head-on collision between a truck and a small car, and of course, I was in the small car,” former astronaut Paolo Nespoli said in a training video released by the European Space Agency in 2013.
The three-hour descent that leads up to the landing aren’t especially tranquil either. They’re filled with a cacophony of sounds as portions of the capsule’s exterior are stripped away by the rush of hot gases outside.
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