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What the Heck Is This?

Just one hint: Being part of this photo must've been a lot of fun.

The image shows the hair of NASA astronaut Cady Coleman aboard the International Space Station while she spoke during a change-of-command ceremony Sunday (May 22), a day prior her planned return to Earth.

Coleman, astronaut Paolo Nespoli of Italy and Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev are slated to get their feet back on the ground today (May 23) via a Russian-built Soyuz space capsule with a planned landing time of 10:26 p.m. EDT (0226 Tuesday GMT). They'll land on the steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia.

That will put an end to their Expedition 27 mission to the orbiting outpost, a relatively uneventful yet nonetheless hair-raising experience.

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spaNASA astronaut Cady Coleman speaks during a change of command ceremony on May 22, 2011, one day before her planned return to Earth on a Soyuz spacecraft with Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli (left) and Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev. The three spaceflyers are ending their Expedition 27 mission to the International Space Station. (Image credit: NASA TV)
Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.