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Scott Kelly Landing On Earth Will Give You Astronaut Goals

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly made a safe return to Earth after spending a record-setting 340 days in space. He seemed entirely unfazed by the whole experience.

Posted on March 2, 2016, at 5:02 p.m. ET

Look at this pleasant little Soyuz capsule. It contains NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov returning from the International Space Station.

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For 53 minutes, these three men fell from space in a sometimes blazing fireball that, for a brief time, experienced over 4 Gs of force as it crashed into the atmosphere at unthinkably fast speeds.

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After 340 days without gravity and a harrowing descent, here's where they landed — legit in the middle-of-nowhere Kazakhstan.

This remote area was pretty much the exact target the astronauts were aiming for.
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This remote area was pretty much the exact target the astronauts were aiming for.

Here they are #justchillin as they wait for a search-and-recovery team to pull them out into the crisp, cold air of the Kazakh steppe.

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Since they haven't experienced gravity in a while, the recovery team has to build a little slide around the capsule for the astronauts to get out and onto the ground.

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Look at that triumphant national treasure as he takes his first breath of fresh air in 340 days.

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This man was in space AN HOUR EARLIER!

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Here he is just chatting on the phone as if he wasn't surrounded by media, governmental officials, and the charred remains of a freshly used space capsule.

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"What's the big deal?" — Commander Kelly, probably.

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Might as well throw that customary "just-fell-from-space-and-landed-in-Kazakhstan peace sign" at this point..

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Here he is landing at an airport only a couple of hours after being reintroduced to gravity being all "I got this shit" as he walks off a helicopter on his own.

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Psssh.

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Congrats to Scott Kelly, Mikhail Kornienko, and Sergey Volkov. Welcome home!

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