A fiery trip to Earth crammed inside a capsule that's barreling downward, bringing with it a pull of gravity that can make wearing a watch feel like holding up a small brick; an astronaut's commute from work is like none other.
An explanatory video by the European Space Agency posted online yesterday explains the process of returning to Earth in the Soyuz capsule from the International Space Station, as three people and an Olympic torch did on Nov. 10.
Russian Fyodor, Yurchikhin of Russia, Karen Nyberg of the U.S. and Luca Parmitano of Italy landed safely on Sunday, but as the video shows with claustrophobic footage of astronauts strapped in during another landing, it must have been a bumpy ride.
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Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who has worked on two missions at the International Space Station, explains in the video the range of feelings associated with having your body propel through space in a container, from entering the atmosphere toRead More »from Astronauts’ commute from work in space is a bumpy one