Soyuz TMA-14M returns to Earth!

This concludes Expedition 42 to the ISS, and the first long-duration flight by a Russian woman (fourth Russian woman to fly overall).  All three crew are in good health; note that in this video they are shown being carried from the capsule, but this is a precaution rather than a necessity — crews have pulled themselves from the capsule after even longer missions, but Roscosmos figures that since there’s some risk of dizziness, it’s simple enough to just carry them and not risk anybody beaning themselves on the noggin.

NASA released a fantastic set of stills from the descent, by photographer Bill Ingalls who was able to get these lovely late afternoon shots from a chase helicopter:







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