ISS Expedition 22 astronauts Jeff Williams and Maxim Suraev returned from the station via Soyuz capsule earlier this month, and NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured the decisive moment. Great shot.
Without the soft cushioning of a water landing, Russia's Soyuz capsules have traditionally parachuted home to the frozen soil of Kazakhstan. Retro-rockets fire just before impact, but nonetheless, I bet that jolt is the rudest reminder possible that you are now, once again, a subject of Earthly gravity. Welcome back; it is now time to don goofy hats.
I was about to say, I wouldn't want to land on frozen ground.
I'm not sure how fast there are falling... but if it greater than a certain speed (not sure what) then the water would act just as the frozen ground due to surface tension.
Welcome. Welcome to Kazakhstan.
One thing cosmonauts complain of most often shortly after touchdown: hemorrhoids.