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.

Expedition 46 Landing

The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (Kazakh time). Kelly and Kornienko completed an International Space Station record year-long mission to collect valuable data on the effect of long duration weightlessness on the human body that will be used to formulate a human mission to Mars. Volkov returned after spending six months on the station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Soyuz

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.

Expedition 46 Landing

Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA rest in a chair outside of the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft just minutes after he and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (Kazakh time). Kelly and Kornienko completed an International Space Station record year-long mission to collect valuable data on the effect of long duration weightlessness on the human body that will be used to formulate a human mission to Mars. Volkov returned after spending six months on the station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Crew

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