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This Soviet 6x6 ATV Is The Perfect Airport Shuttle For NASA Astronauts

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As long as the airport in question is a frozen field somewhere in Kazakhstan and your plane happens to be the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft.

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Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA landed with Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) near the town of Zhezkazgan yesterday after spending almost six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42 crews.

Reentering the Earth's atmosphere is a rather demanding exercise, so to make sure the crew gets all the comfort they deserve, the Russian support personnel brought out the best all-terrain vehicles of their fleet: The ZIL-49061s.

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Rear-wheel steering in the 911 GT3? These ZILs have that in 1975!

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Illustration for article titled This Soviet 6x6 ATV Is The Perfect Airport Shuttle For NASA Astronauts
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In case you want to know more about these amphibious monsters, here's a Russian guy explaining how awesome they are. I mean, he must be.

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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