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Soyuz Capsule Lands Safely 38

An anonymous reader writes in with news that the astronauts who helped dock the first privately owned spacecraft with the ISS have returned safely to earth in a Russian Soyuz capsule. "A Russian Soyuz capsule landed on the Kazakh steppes on Sunday, safely delivering a trio of astronauts who helped to dock the first privately owned spacecraft during a six-month stint on the International Space Station. The descent capsule, carrying Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers, touched down with its parachute in a cloud of dust at 0814 GMT. The crew left the space station early on Sunday after serving 183 days in orbit, often sharing their experiences with the public via blogs and Twitter. At the end of May, the crew released Space Exploration Technologies' unmanned Dragon cargo, which arrived as part of a test flight and was the first privately owned spaceship to reach the $100 billion orbital outpost, which is a 15-nation project. Three other ISS crew members - Russia's Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba - will remain in orbit."
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Soyuz Capsule Lands Safely

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  • Don Pettit's Videos (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Hadlock ( 143607 ) on Monday July 02, 2012 @02:29AM (#40515039) Homepage Journal

    I'm going to miss Don Pettit's videos. 1lb instruction booklet on how to use legos for static electricity science video that cost $10,000 to put in space? Toss it off screen, because legos were meant to be built with creativity, not instructions! Gotta love that guy. Never too serious, always "holy shit! I'm in space!". Really brings some excitement and interest to spaceflight, which the rest of NASA seems to smother.
    In case you missed it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Ei6h3LVb0 [youtube.com]

    • +1
      Brilliant find, I especially love the foam satellite and his comment "it reached escape velocity"

    • That guy is always amazing to watch, he sounds super-enthusiastic about everything he does.
  • Vs the launch and recovery of SpaceX's Dragon system?
  • oblig? (Score:4, Funny)

    by RivenAleem ( 1590553 ) on Monday July 02, 2012 @03:45AM (#40515251)

    Smoke me a Kuipers, I'll be back for breakfast.

  • Don Petit's Blog (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 02, 2012 @04:37AM (#40515401)

    Don's blog started during training for this mission - it's been a great read.

    Suggest you start at the beginning and take it a post or two at a time. If you never wanted to be an astronaut you will by the time you're done.


  • by upside ( 574799 ) on Monday July 02, 2012 @05:01AM (#40515469) Journal

    Oleg Kononenko, Don Pettit, Andre Kuipers, Gennady Padalka ... Bill Severn and Tracey Morris. Team picked. Plasma rifles and stun rods - check. Auto-cannons and power suits - check. Skyranger fuelled and ready. Time to kick some sectoid ass!

  • resident artist (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rbrausse ( 1319883 ) on Monday July 02, 2012 @05:35AM (#40515589)

    I was impressed by Andre Kuiper's images - he really made space as grant as I ever imagined it.

    His Flickr stream is the greatest way to waste time [flickr.com].

  • For a moment I thought slashdot went passive-aggressive on Soviet cosmonautics.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by isorox ( 205688 )

      For a moment I thought slashdot went passive-aggressive on Soviet cosmonautics.

      The editors, and most contributors, are from a country that lacks a way to put a man in space and return him safely. Russia and China are the only players in the game at the moment, but this country (The USA -- just south of canada, used to be a great nation, now a snivelling shadow of it's former glory) used to be able to put people in space.

      They've lost their former power and standing in the world, and some are bitter about it.

      • by mapkinase ( 958129 ) on Monday July 02, 2012 @07:47AM (#40516055) Homepage Journal

        >They've lost their former power

        Being a metropolitan DC resident, I take that literally after this weekend :-)

      • by Max_W ( 812974 )
        Why do we need to send people in space? Would not robots do work better?

        People are too heavy, need to much food and oxygen.

        I am to be proud, as I was born in Siberia, but I think we damage the planet with such huge rockets.

        And it is the only planet suitable for life. We won't get another.
      • by Builder ( 103701 ) on Monday July 02, 2012 @10:25AM (#40516973)

        It turns out that the Russians won the space race when they realised that it was a marathon, not a sprint.

        I just visited the USA and while I was there, I toured both Johnson (on the day their replica space shuttle arrived) and Kennedy space centers. The amount of bullshit that was spouted to tourists about the current US space programme honestly made me cry at one point.

        We've stopped moving people to new places so that we have more money to kill brown people.

  • Andre's tour of ISS (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 02, 2012 @08:03AM (#40516117)

    For those who understand Dutch, here is an awesome 70 minute tour around the ISS by Andre Kuipers:


  • Just think . . . . (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bogidu ( 300637 ) on Monday July 02, 2012 @12:44PM (#40518153)

    If all the countries in the world take their military budgets for one year and spend the money on space research and exploration, how much farther we could progress as a species.

"I don't believe in sweeping social change being manifested by one person, unless he has an atomic weapon." -- Howard Chaykin