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December 20, 2010

There's something about Russian engineering...


From a November 30, 2010 Cryptome post:


"A Soyuz descent module


carrying two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut


back to earth from the International Space Station


landed safely in Kazakhstan 26 November 2010.


The spacecraft,


containing Russian commander Fyodor Yurichikhin and NASA's Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker


touched down as planned this morning [November 26, 2010] north of the remote central Kazakh town of Arkalyk."

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As a passionate Apollo-era enthusiast (I'm the guy who really enjoys reading the *entire* mission transcripts) I think it would have been fascinating if the Soviets had continued their program and sent cosmonauts to the moon. This "built for a lifetime" style of engineering would have provided a interesting counterpoint to the rather delicate Apollo hardware.

Soyuz has served for ages (since 1966!) and continues to be a workhorse.

Posted by: Uncle Jake | Dec 21, 2010 5:35:59 AM

And you get crowned king! Woo! Where do I sign up?

Posted by: Becs | Dec 20, 2010 6:53:27 PM

I work at the Kennedy Space Center and I have watched these russian capsules for land in the wilderness for 30 years. They have had accidents. They can still get people out of space and back to Earth.

Posted by: Matt | Dec 20, 2010 3:16:42 PM

I'm thinking they have mouthguards after many lessons learned the hard way.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Dec 20, 2010 1:22:05 PM

Now, that's the old Soviet "brick-s**thouse" construction that we all love. (I wonder how many dental fractures occur during these "landings"?)

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 20, 2010 1:14:12 PM

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