My flickr contact NASA HQ PHOTO posted this great aerial image of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft coming down, ferrying astronauts back to earth from the International Space Station.
The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, March 12, 2015. NASA Astronaut Wilmore, Russian Cosmonauts Samokutyaev and Serova are returning after almost six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42 crews. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station’s modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.
This is one of the best videos from the ISS I’ve ever seen, led by ISS Commander Sunita Williams.
Update: Here’s a shot of Sunita and crew after they landed in Kazakhstan, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012:
Here’s NASA’s ISS overview video which is worth watching if you’re not familiar with what the ISS looks like from the outside.
Shuttle Discovery’s 15-day mission to the space station
This is a particularly amazing set of images of the ISS, Shuttle, and astronauts working in space. Wow.
Endeavour’s visit to the space station
The Frame has put together a wonderful collection of images, some from the space shuttle Endeavor, some from the STS-127 space station.
The Big Picture: The International Space Station turns 10.
I can’t get enough of shots like these. We’ve come so far in some areas and are so behind in others. International cooperation on projects like this give me hope.