In 2018, a three-man crew of cosmonauts and astronauts will blast off from Earth. Their mission is to connect with the International Space Station, a research station that circumnavigates Earth at low altitudes. The crew, which includes Andrew Feustel of NASA and Sergei Prokopyev and Oleg Artemyev from Roscosmos, had to complete a rigorous training program to prepare for their flight and return. Although they could end up touching down on land, part of their training includes a wet-landing scenario. Here are sixteen up-close photos that show just how astronauts prepare to land on water.
Surviving The Landing
One of the most important parts of returning from a space mission is correctly landing the space pod to ensure the survival of those on board and to protect the important data that has been retrieved.
A water landing is not soft and fluffy, it is hard on the astronauts and on the pod. Once the pod is in the water, the crew must know what to do to get out alive and stay this way.