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Soyuz Video Shows Wild Ride Astronauts Experience Inside Russian Space Capsule

11/12/2013 07:56 am ET | Updated Nov 14, 2013

If you thought the movie "Gravity" was intense, then get ready for the real thing to blow you away.

The video above shows what it's really like to return to Earth from the International Space Station. Released Nov. 11 by the European Space Agency, the video features landing footage and interviews with former astronauts to give an insider's look at the undocking, reentry, and landing of the Soyuz capsule. Get ready for a bumpy ride.

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Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli describes his experience re-entering Earth's atmosphere:

Seen from the inside of the spacecraft, it felt like there was somebody out there outside the spacecraft with a sledgehammer who was hammering here and there, up and down. And so every few milliseconds, the spacecraft was shaking. There's a 'BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!' It felt really interesting, actually.

The video comes on the heels of the Nov. 10 Soyuz landing, which brought two astronauts, a cosmonaut, and the Olympic torch back from the ISS.

Video credits: Produced by the ESA Human Spaceflight and Operations (HSO) Astronaut Training Division, Cologne, Germany, in collaboration with the HSO Strategic Planning and Outreach Office, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, with special support from Roskosmos.

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