Total disaster was avoided not by any real-time actions of the crew or ground teams but instead by the ingenious design and robust construction of the spacecraft.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Analysis of the near catastrophic Soyuz reentry
I don't know how I missed this one since it's been reported by all the major space news sources (not to mention the source site). I must have been snoozing! Anyway, in case you haven't heard, IEEE Spectrum has a lengthy article on the recent and nearly fatal reentry of the Soyuz capsule. Author James Oberg did his homework on this one. The results are still preliminary, but I suspect the big picture is pretty much there.