RE­TURN TO EARTH

YOU Gateway to Space - - Liftoff! -

Af­ter leaving the space sta­tion the Soyuz cap­sule takes three and a half hours to land back on Earth (cap­sules such as Apollo used to splash into the sea). A land­ing cap­sule – in wa­ter or on the ground – al­ways de­ploys para­chutes to help it de­scend more slowly. The Soyuz also fires jets im­me­di­ately be­fore land­ing (im­age 1) to help re­duce the force of the im­pact (im­age 2).

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