Expedition 52 Soyuz MS-04 Landing
After four and a half months in space, Roscosmos’ Soyuz MS-04 returned three spaceflight veterans to Earth – including Peggy Whitson who has been on orbit far longer than the craft itself.
Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, left, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, center, and Fight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA, are seen inside the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft shortly after in landed 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.
According to spaceflight 101, The spacecraft pushed off from the orbiting laboratory at 21:58 UTC and fired its engines to open a gap to the complex for the rocket-powered deorbit burn two and a half hours later. Soyuz split in three as it passed 140 Kilometers in altitude and the small Entry Module slowed from 7.6 Kilometers per second to a complete stand still in just over 20 minutes, touching down on the Kazakh steppe at 1:21 UTC, 7:21 a.m. local time
Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)