Since these capsules come down on land rather than water, as the Apollo moon capsules did, a parachute landing is pretty hard. So just before touching down, when the capsule is only a metre above the ground, six engines (actually explosive devices) fire straight down to create a cushion of air that softens the landing. Shock absorbers built into the seats absorb the final thump onto planet Earth.
Astronauts have described a Soyuz landing as similar to surviving a train wreck. It's rough, but it is the most reliable system that has been working since the beginning of the space program.
On my way home I was pumping breastmilk in the bathroom (because there is nowhere decent to pump breastmilk in public) when who should call but astronaut Chris Hadfield! He called me from space!! And we discussed some private music-making we have been doing. And people thought I was just going in to take a wizz.
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