Snowy Soyuz Spaceship Landing

Ample Fields of White

NASA/Bill Ingalls

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

The Spaceship

NASA/Bill Ingalls

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

NASA/Bill Ingalls

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

NASA/Bill Ingalls

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!

NASA/Bill Ingalls

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

Copter Crew

NASA/Bill Ingalls

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

NASA/Bill Ingalls

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

NASA/Bill Ingalls

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.

Goodbye Space


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

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