Feeds

Korean astronaut recounts 'ballistic' Soyuz re-entry

'At first I was scared', admits Yi So-Yeon

Boost IT visibility and business value

Korean astronaut Yi So-Yeon has recounted the "ballistic" re-entry of the ISS Mission 16 Soyuz capsule on Saturday which, due to a technical hitch, "exposed the crew to twice the usual gravitational forces", put on a nice display of external flames for the understandably nervous 29-year-old biotechnology engineer, and eventually carried her and her fellow passengers to a touch-down in the steppes of Kazakhstan some distance from the intended landing site.

Yi told a press conference in Russia's Star City today: "During the descent there was some kind of fire outside the Soyuz capsule because we were going through the atmosphere. At first I was scared, but the two other guys looked okay, so I tried to look okay, too."

According to Reuters, Yi's 11-day jaunt ended with a much steeper, more direct trajectory towards Earth than normal. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko made up the returning trio, told reporters that the ballistic landing was "irregular, but not an emergency".

She said: "The Soyuz has been through its history very reliable, there has obviously been some issue in the last couple of descents* which went ballistic, but I'm sure the engineers will determine what the problems are and get them fixed."

Whitson, 48, now holds the title for the most time spent in space by any US astronaut - 377 days on two missions. At the press conference, she apparently appeared "frail" following the successful conclusion of her second extended off-planet trip. ®

Bootnote

*Reuters elaborates: "In October, a Soyuz capsule carrying Malaysia's first space tourist touched down about 200km (125 miles) off course in a similar ballistic landing caused by a technical glitch."

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!
Spanish launch goes titsup, we're off to the US of A
BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE
But they'd lose a deathmatch against the coming Humvee-sized, armoured Arctic ones
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
TRANSMUTATION claims US LENR company
Ten points of stuff out of a five pound bag
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?