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Successful Soyuz Landing

What a  difference 100 years makes.

Scott Kelly returns to planet surface
While watching the NASA coverage of the Soyuz landing in Kazakhstan, I conferenced mother so that she could participate.  At 91 and counting she can truly reflect on the advances seen in her lifetime.  She recalls being at Eagle Farm (now Eagle Farm Airport) in Brisbane at the age of three when Kingsford Smith landed at 10.50 a.m. on 9 June,  1928.  My mother then a 3 year old was in the crowd in Brisbane when he landed.

In 1928, he earned global fame when he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia.

Scott Kelly returns to planet surface
She recalls the first US space launches and Pacific Ocean landings and the moon landings with great clarity and sees our space exploration endeavours as a reflection of the very best in humanity.

As she says we should be  “doing a lot more of this”.  She does quite rightly find the conference call remarkable given the feed being from Moscow and the USA over a conference call spanning the SW Pacific, with perfect quality.

Good luck to Commander Scott Kelly –  he will surely miss the ability to fly in low gravity now that he is back on earth.