It’s a bit crazy that this stuff is so routine that it isn’t even news. Yesterday three astronauts that had spent 6 months in the International Space Station returned home safely.
The picture is kind of cool.
Courtesy of the Bad Astronomy blog:
The picture above shows the moment of touchdown. The Russian Soyuz capsule has retrorockets that fire briefly to soften the landing, which was in a field in Kazakhstan.
Returning was one American and two Russians. Seriously, this is cool stuff and it doesn’t even make the papers. And we wonder why kids don’t want to be scientists?
More pictures here.