Okay, so I’m posting a Bill Ingalls shot twice in a row, but what can I say? I don’t want to deprive anyone of this fiery excellence!!
As usual, Bill Ingalls takes the best photos, period. Forever. These are from Sunday’s landing of the Soyuz capsule, carrying astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.
The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 (Kazakh time). Whitson is returning after 288 days in space where she served as a member of the Expedition 50, 51 and 52 crews. Yurchikhin and Fischer are returning after 136 days in space where they served as members of the Expedition 51 and 52 crews onboard the International Space Station.
I just can’t get over this stunner of a landing photo by Bill Ingalls (who always has the stunning shots, to be sure.) Go here to download the full-res image.
So I admit, I have a bit of an obsession with Baikonur, and the Russian/Soviet space program in general. Here’s this old (reliable) hardware and they’re still launching it, and it’s not built for comfort, and to come back down, you essentially crash-land in a wheat field. Well, there’s a parachute, but I’ve heard first-hand that it’s like being in a car wreck. But it works, right?? Another round of vodka, comrade!
Anyway, these are a couple of Soyuz shots I saw over at NASA HQ, neither particularly new (circa 2009-10), but both are striking to behold. Enjoy!
There’s something special about this picture of last night’s Soyuz launch from Baikonur. Maybe it’s the “meta” of watching the video camera watching the launch; maybe it’s the lovely bokeh formed by the launch tower lights. (I believe that it’s much better to look at the launch of any rocket, not through a viewfinder… but it’s a cool photo.)
The Soyuz rocket is seen in the monitor of a video camera moments before Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Joseph Acaba and Sergei Revin arrived to board the rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for their flight to join their crew mates already aboard the International Space Station. The craft successfully launched at 11:01 p.m. EDT, Monday, May 14, 2012.
The trio will dock to the station’s Poisk Mini-Research Module at 12:38 a.m. Thursday, bringing Expedition 31 to its full six-member complement.
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
A gorgeous photo of the Soyuz spacecraft as it rolls to the launch pad for your Monday.
The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is rolled out by train on its way to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers is scheduled for 7:16 p.m. local time on Wednesday, December 21.
Photo Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi