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Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained
   European Space Agency, ESA
  Published: 4 years ago


How does an astronaut return to Earth from the International Space Station? What does it feel like to re-enter the atmosphere? How does the Soyuz capsule function? Watch and find out. This video is based on an actual lesson delivered to the ESA astronaut class of 2009 (also known as the #Shenanigans09) during their ESA Basic Training. It features interviews with astronauts who have flown on the Soyuz and dramatic footage of actual landings.

Produced by the ESA Human Spaceflight and Operations (HSO) Astronaut Training Division, Cologne, Germany, in collaboration with the HSO Strategic Planning and Outreach Office, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, with special support from Roskosmos.

Narration Voice: Bernard Oattes

Technical Experts: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin (HSO-UT)

Content Design: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin, Raffaele Castellano, Matthew Day (HSO-UT)

Animation & Video Editing: Raffaele Castellano (HSO-UT), HSO-K

Project Coordination: Matthew Day, Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin (HSO-UT)

Special thanks to:
Martin Schweiger (Orbiter software: http://orbit/
Nikita Vtyurin, Andrew Thielmann (Orbiter Soyuz model)
Lionel Ferra (HSO-UT)
Oleg Polovnikov (HSO-UT)
Frank De Winne (HSO-A)
Paolo Nespoli (HSO-A)
Antonio Rodenas Bosque (HSO-UT)
S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia
Aerospace Search and Rescue Service of the Russian Federation

Parachute footage: Cambridge University Spaceflight

Surfer footage: copyright Red Bull Media House

Footage from inside Soyuz capsule courtesy of RSC Energia has limited rights:

a) These data are submitted with Limited Rights under Agreement among the Government of Canada, Governments of Member States of the European Space Agency, the Government of Japan, the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United States of America concerning co-operation on the civil International Space Station.

These data may be used by the receiving co-operating agency and its contractors and subcontractors, provided that such data shall be used, duplicated or disclosed only for the following purposes, which are related to the Cooperating Agency Space Station Program for ISS:
1) Use for ESA astronaut training
2) Use for educational purposes
These data shall not be used by persons or entities other than the receiving Cooperating Agency, its contractors or subcontractors, or for any other purposes, without the prior written permission of the furnishing partner state, acting through its cooperating agency.

b) This notice shall be marked on any reproduction of these data in whole or part.

Also watch:
Journey to the ISS Part 1: The launch sequence explained

Watch Part 2: Soyuz rendezvous and docking explained

Captions available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Romanian (with thanks to Alexa Mirel) and Spanish. Click on the CC button to switch between languages.
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1 day ago
They film the space walks in a darkened swimming pool

1 day ago
International Space Station is a fraud for gullible fools

1 day ago
the guy at the center is smiling when they were landing.

2 days ago
Russia tecnología number one

3 days ago
Wonderful video. Thank You So Much

3 days ago
the real heros

3 days ago
Lucky bastards. Bravest people in the world.

4 days ago
Bet you shit your spacesuit with that soft landing 😳

4 days ago
Loved it..

5 days ago
I'm a Space Nut, I love this stuff... People are Awesome!!!👍

5 days ago
why some parts was filmed by old cameras?

6 days ago
What's the intro music?

6 days ago
Is it possible to play the drum while keeping the rhythm of a pre-recorded track, in the space station?

1 week ago
this is absolutely awesome

1 week ago
I can truly say that this is one of the most incredible videos I have ever watched, the technology is mind-blowing.

1 week ago
Thanks for producing this video and sharing it with us!
I would to be a part of it but for now I enjoy and appreciate the hard work of others!

1 week ago

1 week ago
wow that's awesome

1 week ago
"It was an interesting feeling". I'd be shitting myself.

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