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article imagePhoto of brilliant plasma trail left by Soyuz TMA-05M

By Greta McClain     Nov 21, 2012 in Science
NASA has released a photo of the plasma trail left by the Soyuz TMA-05M re-entry module as it entered Earth's atmosphere on Monday.
As reported by Digital Journal yesterday, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft carrying the Expedition 33 crew landed in Kazakhstan on Monday. The crew consisted of Flight Engineers Akihiko Hoshide, Yuri Malenchenko and Commander Sunita Williams.
The Expedition 34 crew watched the descent and re-entry of Soyuz from the International Space Station (ISS). As the module began to reenter the earth's atmosphere, it left a brilliant plasma trail. The reentry was made all the more spectacular with the pre-dawn backdrop over Kazakhstan. Cameras aboard ISS were able to capture the reentry on film.
According to Live Science, a timing glitch caused the module to be slightly off-course. The module overshot the intended landing site and landed a few miles away from the planned landing zone.
Soyuz Re-Entry
Soyuz Re-Entry
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