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Rare Images From Inside a Soyuz During Flight

Astronaut Cady Coleman and cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev inside the living area of the Soyuz TMA-20. Credit: Roscosmos.

Cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev recently arrived at the International Space Station, along with astronauts Cady Colemand from the US and Paolo Nespoli from the European Space Agency. Kondratyev has a blog, which he has been updating regularly and he has included several pictures. Most interestingly, he has quite a few images taken inside the Soyuz after launch as the crew was on their way to meet up with the ISS. Very few interior images of the Soyuz during flight have been made available before. Below are some that Kondratyev shared.

Dmitry Kondratyev inside the Soyzu either before or during launch. Credit: Roscosmos

Still feeling the effects of gravity, Kondratyev looks buried among all the supplies stuffed into the Soyuz.

The weightlessness from being orbit seems to provide more room inside the Soyuz. Credit: Roscosmos.

Coleman and a checklist feel the effects of weightlessness. Credit: Roscosmos.

After reaching orbit and checking all systems, the crew took off their launch suits and dressed in more comfortable flight suits. Credit: Roscosmos.

Coleman and Nespoli stretch out in the Soyuz living area and grab a bite to eat. Credit: Roscosmos

The view of Earth from the Soyuz TMA-20. Credit: Roscosmos.

Kondratyev and Coleman inside the Soyuz living area. Credit: Roscosmos

Kondratyev wrote in his blog: “For two days we had two hours of relaxation for sleep. Sleeping crew members are able to choose any convenient location and arbitrary orientation in space. At other times, we learned to eat in weightlessness, Earth watched and talked with TsUPom, check the efficiency of vehicle systems.”

Sleeping arrangements on the Soyuz. Credit: Roscosmos.

See more images and read about life on the ISS at Kondratyev’s blog.

Source: Roscosmos, via Chris Hadfield


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • PhelanKA7 December 30, 2010, 11:20 AM

    Wow. It looks so…. “cozy”. O_O

  • ND December 30, 2010, 3:14 PM

    I think the Russian was trying to smile in that 5th picture but not succeeding very well. Dude, you’re in space, how often are you going to get to do this? Why so grumpy?

  • Aqua December 30, 2010, 3:59 PM

    Obviously part of becoming a crew member aboard a Soyuz flight means coping with extremely confined launch and landing conditions… I wonder if anyone’s ever ‘freaked out’ at the last minute?

  • Aqua December 30, 2010, 6:48 PM

    Dmitry, smile is okay…

  • Gravitor December 30, 2010, 6:58 PM

    When I am going to construct a real Space Craft, based on the Flying Saucer design which I patented, people will have just a seat that can be made horizontal, while the craft with a constant accleration of ONE G /sec imitates our ou One G while we are on
    We can travel at many times that speed, once you have Gravity Control and the Forcefield that protects you from collisions and radiation, you can go anywhere in our Solar System.
    This is what Nasa rejected, as it would make the rocket Industry obsolete.
    Nasa is run by Politicians instead of by Engineers.

    • fractal December 31, 2010, 3:59 AM

      Ah Gravitor what is the patent number?
      Please show us the details, so all of us can get a smile on our face, and help you put some serious pressure on the politicians to build your craft

  • ND December 30, 2010, 8:55 PM

    Dmitry: “Yes, I had lots vodka from secret cache. No worry, Soyuz dock itself.”

  • Quasy December 31, 2010, 1:37 AM

    Really check Kondratyev’s blog. Tens of pictures, but he never smiles… not even on Earth! :)

  • auraboy December 31, 2010, 4:39 AM

    In Russia, smile not involve mouth.

  • Nyx December 31, 2010, 8:52 AM

    The Soyuz is a small spacecraft, but the living area looks larger than I expected. That’s a luxury, if compared to the earlier capsules. I wonder how cramped will be the Orion spacecraft. After decades, the Soyuz is now very reliable too, maybe the most reliable manned spacecraft in service today.