American astronaut Peggy Whitson just recounted the experience to CNN. She says communication was lost, and smoke was billowing out of the controls as the craft dropped 400,000 feet in just 23 minutes. Rockets designed to slow the descent of the capsule fired just three feet from the surface, and the craft slammed into the ground and rolled. When the craft finally came to a stop, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko climbed out and called officials with a satellite phone. For more perspective, check this Houston Chronicle review of the issues at stake.