Pictures From Yesterday’s Successful Space Landing

The end of a year in space

Yesterday, the Soyuz capsule landed near Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, safely bringing astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov back to Earth.

The landing marks the end of Expedition 46, during which Kelly and Korienko spent a year on the International Space Station. Volkov was only on the space station for six months.

Soyuz Capsule

A trip in a Soyuz spacecraft marks the end of Expedition 46, which saw astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko living aboard the ISS for a year.


The Soyuz spacecraft can carry three crew members from the space station to Earth in less than 4 hours. The main parachute has a surface area of 10,764 square feet.

Coming In For A Landing

The Soyuz capsule approaches the ground.

Soyuz Landing Site

The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft landing site is seen through the window of an arriving Russian MI-8 helicopter after Expedition 46.

Scott Kelly

Commander Scott Kelly safely on the ground.


Mikhail Kornienko, left, Sergey Volkov, center, and Scott Kelly, on the ground minutes after landing.