Successful homecoming

Russian support personnel extract crew members from the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft shortly after the capsule landed on Nov. 22 in a remote area outside the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. Commander Mike Fossum of the United States, and Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov of Russia and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan returned to Earth after spending more than five months at the International Space Station. Another crew of three astronauts — two Russians and one American — were launched into space on Monday to take their places. (Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA)

 

Russian support personnel extract Expedition 29 crew members out of the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft shortly after the capsule landed in a remote and freezing area outside of the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan on Nov. 22.

 

Post-flight exams
Expedition 29 Flight Engineer Volkov of Russia — the first to emerge from the capsule — smiles for the camera as he is carried in his capsule chair to a medical tent just minutes after he and his fellow crew members crash landed in Kazakhstan. Once inside the medical tent, the astronauts will shed their space suits and undergo standard medical exams, taking the first steps to readjusting to life on Earth. (Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA)

 

Expedition 29 Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov of Russia -- the first to emerge from the capsule -- smiles for the camera as he is carried in his capsule chair to a medical tent.

 

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