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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
I would love to take every Hoaxer and put them in a room and gas them with a serum that brought them from complete loss of mental ability to something close to a decent human being.

5 days ago
sometimes English accents are cool other times they're just obnoxious! this is one of those times.

5 days ago
Looks like a bunch of cartoons to me.

6 days ago
The best machine Russia has ever made!

6 days ago
worth watching

6 days ago
wow Wonderful

6 days ago
I'm not dumb but thinking of the development of all this is too much for me to comprehend

1 week ago
This was amazingly interesting

1 week ago
awesome stuff 🤩

1 week ago
I'd be terrified

1 week ago

2 weeks ago
I'm so sad that anyone is buying this load of crap. It is clearly visible at 25 seconds in and again at 45 seconds in, that the solar panels showing through the cupola (at 25 seconds) and the an shot from what I can only assume is a nifty space drone that follows the Where the panels are curved! Stop being led around like sheep people. They are stealing our money and swapping " real footage" with animated graphics!

Open your eyes and then build up the courage to question the authority.

Open your mond!

2 weeks ago
chris hadfield was so calm

2 weeks ago
Great vid but I have to nitpick: It's spelled Frank de Winne. In Dutch/Flemish surnames that contain de, van, van der, etc., only the last part starts with a capital letter when preceded by the first name.

2 weeks ago
Live Inside Space Station .... super video bro

2 weeks ago
See "zorb ball rolls down mountain".

2 weeks ago
hope you all are okay!

2 weeks ago
American media is terrible.

2 weeks ago
hello, I only know English, and very few mechanical knowledge.  want me to help?oh wait, I don't have enough money!  it's got to be their efforts.  you don't know what I go through everyday.

2 weeks ago
I just cant imagine how much mathematical equation they made just to achieve this intricate process. I wish I was born as smart as them.

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