Moscow (AP) A South Korean is back from a $20 million ride into space and she apparently got every penny's worth.
The bioengineer is back on the ground in Kazakhstan, along with American Astronaut Peggy Whitson and Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. But the Russian Soyuz capsule that ferried them back from the International Space Station made a very steep re-entry, known as a “ballistic re-entry,” and landed 260 miles off course.
Mission Control in Moscow reports all three are in satisfactory condition although the ride home subjected their bodies to severe g-forces, up to 10 times the normal force of gravity.
Besides being far off course, the landing was about 20 minutes later than planned.
Controllers say a medical team is giving the space fliers an examination on site, and they'll undergo further evaluation in Moscow.
Russia has had similar reentry problems on at least two previous flights.