Ample Fields of White
Nearly four feet of snow blanketed the landing zone on the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia when the Russian Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft safely returned to Earth on March 18, 2010 with Expedition 22 astronauts Jeffrey Williams and Maxim Suraev abo
Recovery crews attend to the descent module of the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft. The bell-shaped capsule is the only part of the Russian spacecraft that survives the re-entry to Earth during Soyuz landings and successfully returned Expedition 22 crewmembers Je
Back on Earth
Expedition 22 commander Jeffrey Williams (left) of NASA and flight engineer Maxim Suraev of Russia smile for photographers after landing on March 18, 2010 in Kazakhstan to end their six-month mission to the International Space Station.
All Bundled Up
Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev, Expedition 22 flight engineer, smiles as recovery crews assist him following the successful March 18, 2010 landing of his Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft on the snow-covered steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia.
Commander on Deck!
Expedition 22 commander Jeffrey Williams, a NASA astronaut, is helped out of his Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft after landing on the frozen steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asian on March 18, 2010 to end a six-month spaceflight to the International Space Station
Recovery helicopters wait on snowy landscape to return the Expedition 22 crew back home from the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia after their successful Soyuz TMA-16 landing on March 18, 2010 to end their six-month spaceflight.
On the Ground
With rotor blades still whirring, recovery helicopters take center stage in this photo taken as recovery teams prepared to retrieve the two Expedition 22 astronauts who landed on the frozen steppes of Kazakhstan on March 18, 2010.
Stark Landscape on the Ground
The vast steppes of Kazakhstan are highlighted in this view of the recovery helicopters on scene to retrieve the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft and its two-man crew after their March 18, 2010 landing in Central Asia.
Two space men, American astronaut Jeff Williams (right) and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev returned to Earth aboard a Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft on March 18, 2010, ending a nearly 6-month mission with a snowy, windy landing. Here, the two men wave far