Expedition 30 Crew Returns to Earth Safely

by Nancy Atkinson on April 27, 2012

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Welcome back home to the Expedition 30 crew of the International Space Station! The Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft carrying Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin landed in Kazakhstan on Friday, April 27 at 11:45 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT). They undocked earlier from the International Space Station at 8:18 UTC (4:18 a.m. EDT). Take a look at the video of how painstaking it is to extract the crew from the Soyuz capsule!

Expedition 31 began when Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin undocked from the station. On board the ISS now is Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers. They will continue their stay until July 1, and they will be joined in in mid-May by Flight Engineers Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin. Right now, their launch is scheduled for May 15 and their stay in space would last until September 17.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

kkt April 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

So hard to get the astronauts out of the capsule! If the capsule lands in an unexpected location, are they crew stuck inside for hours/days until the retrieval crew catches up with them?

kkt April 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

So hard to get the astronauts out of the capsule! If the capsule lands in an unexpected location, are they crew stuck inside for hours/days until the retrieval crew catches up with them?

Douglas Sottile April 27, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Wow…straight out of the ’50′s…good thing we have our own spaceships…D’oh!

Astra April 29, 2012 at 7:40 AM

After the end of space shuttle program, the only way for the astronauts to get to the ISS and back is to use the Russian spacecrafts. They do their job and deserve respect.

Aqua4U April 28, 2012 at 4:46 AM

Welcome home you guys! Good job and well done!

Anne Beazley April 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Good grief! How did they get in the capsule?

Paul M. Demyanovich April 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

ok its not really that painstakingly difficult to get out. unbuckle, fall to floor, crawl out. not very graceful.

It IS painstakingly difficult to get out when you have to be carried out by 3 people. Its about comfort. I’m willing to bet if the capsule was on fire when it landed those mofos would be out in 3 seconds flat.

Paul M. Demyanovich April 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

ok its not really that painstakingly difficult to get out. unbuckle, fall to floor, crawl out. not very graceful.

It IS painstakingly difficult to get out when you have to be carried out by 3 people. Its about comfort. I’m willing to bet if the capsule was on fire when it landed those mofos would be out in 3 seconds flat.

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