This is a landing of a Russian Soyuz TMA capsule in Kazakhstan. Three cosmonauts were on board… one Russian, one American, and one Japanese. At present, the only way that US cosmonauts can get into space is to go aboard a Russian craft. Why? To put it plainly, the wastrel spending of the Bush administration, combined with its irresponsible tax cuts to the least productive (and most parasitical) part of the population, meant that NASA was starved of funds, to pay for Bush’s incessant warmongering in foreign parts. Ergo, whenever you pass a McMansion in the exurbs, you’re looking at what the Republican Party prefers to scientific exploration and research, education, and healthcare. After all, the common welfare of humanity doesn’t put money in their pockets. Here’s the kicker… they think that they’re doing society a favour.
Don’t argue with them… just remember this picture. THIS is what the American space programme came to, and we have George W Bush to thank for it.