Astronaut Snaps Amazing Picture Of His Crewmates Returning To Earth

Wow! See that bright streak in the photo above? That’s a shot of the Expedition 40 crew making a flawless return from the International Space Station yesterday (Sept. 10) … a shot taken from space itself.

“Our view of the picture perfect reentry of TMA-12M,” wrote Expedition 41 astronaut Reid Wiseman, who just hours before bid farewell to Steve Swanson (NASA), Alexander Skvortsov (Roscosmos) and Oleg Artemyev (Roscosmos). The re-entry was in fact so perfect that TV cameras caught the parachute immediately after deployment, which doesn’t always happen.

As you can see in the video replay below, the Soyuz made a bulls-eye landing near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan at 10:23 p.m. EDT (2:23 a.m. UTC). There are now only three people tending to the space station until the rest of the Expedition 41 crew launches, which is expected to happen Sept. 25.

One Reply to “Astronaut Snaps Amazing Picture Of His Crewmates Returning To Earth”

  1. Yea this would have been real good on TV if NASA was showing it on TV, or PC or what ever. Oh we got to listen in but there was no picture as blank. Space -X can show there rocket lift offs with more then one camera but not NASA on that day. Very disappointing and very UNPROFESSIONAL !!! Maybe next time. Yea sure. Heard that, didn’t see it what a cluster F-up!. wc

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