Watch Astronauts’ Violent Return To Earth From Inside Their Space Capsule1 min read

If you think riding a rocket to the International Space Station makes for a bumpy ride, check out this new video showing what it’s like to return to Earth after the mission is over.

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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Sebastien Clarke

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Sebastien Clarke

Astronaut is dedicated to bringing you the latest news, reviews and information from the world of space, entertainment, sci-fi and technology. With videos, images, forums, blogs and more, get involved today & join our community!

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