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Soyuz Landing Photos: Expedition 49 Returns to Earth

They Made It!

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As the dust settled and the parachute collapsed to the ground, Russian Search and Rescue teams arrived at the landing site to unload the crew.

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Clearing the Area

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A lightly charred Soyuz spacecraft with three space station crew members on board waits for the Search and Rescue teams to help them out of the capsule. First the team had to scope out the landing site to make sure it was safe to exit.

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Safety First

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The Russian Search and Rescue teams secure the area around the spacecraft, ensuring the safety of the crew as they exit the capsule.

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Opening the Hatch

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The Russian Search and Rescue workers use ladders to reach the hatch and place a slide atop the Soyuz to help the crew exit.

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Sliding Down to Earth

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After spending 115 days in space, the astronauts' bodies have to readjust to gravity. To make their return to Earth a little easier, they use a slide to get out of the Soyuz. In this photo, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, Commander of Expedition 49, exits the Soyuz MS-01 with assistance from Russian Search and Rescue team members.

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With Love

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With help from Russian Search and Rescue team members, Expedition 49 astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) prepares to disembark the spacecraft.

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A Welcome Voice

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins speaks via satellite phone to her family only moments after exiting the Soyuz spacecraft.

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Getting a Baseline

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Team members carry Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos to the medical tent shortly after the team landed in a remote area of Kazakhstan.

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Away from the Cameras

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Expedition 49's Kate Rubins enters the medical tent with assistance from Russian Search and Rescue team members.

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Awaiting the Astronauts

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Outside the medical tent, search and rescue team members wait with all terrain vehicles to ferry the Expedition 49 crew to their helicopters for the next part of their journey home.

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