This is How Earth Welcomed Back Soyuz

Not a bad re-entry after months on the International Space Station

NASA/Bill Ingalls

There are homecomings—and then there are homecomings like this.

Astronaut Barry Wilmore and cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova spent nearly six months in space aboard the International Space Station, where they did research, demonstrated technology and clocked nearly 71 million miles in orbit. 

This image is what greeted them as they re-entered earth on Thursday and drifted down towards Kazakhstan. On the ground, the temperature was freezing and foggy, but above it was nothing but rolling, golden clouds. ABC News reports that the team were “all smiles” as they completed their 249-mile free-fall, which took about 45 minutes and featured breathtaking views of the snowy steppe below. Now that’s a re-entry worth waiting for.

(h/t Gizmodo)

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