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The SpaceX spacecraft is bringing four ISS astronauts back to Earth

The SpaceX spacecraft is bringing four ISS astronauts back to Earth

In nearly six months of space, four astronauts – three Americans and one Japanese – departed on Saturday 1There is May, International Space Station aboard the SpaceX spacecraft to return to Earth; A trip is to land water from Florida at midnight.

Crew Dragon capsule separated from the ISS at the scheduled time (8:35 pm Saturday on the East Coast of the US, 2:35 am on Sunday in Paris). Their departure from ISS was originally scheduled for Wednesday and then Friday, but had to be postponed each time due to bad weather expected in the landing zone.

“Thank you for your hospitality. (…) We will meet again on earth ”, Introduced Michael Hopkins, one of the four astronauts, to those staying at the station. The return flight to Earth is expected to take about 6.5 hours. The four astronauts are scheduled to land in the Gulf of Mexico at 8:57 a.m. Sunday (8:57 a.m. KST). The planned landing site is located in Panama City, Florida, but other alternative sites have been designated as needed.

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“We trained day and night to rescue the crew”, Explained Steve Stitch, head of NASA’s commercial flight program, who was interviewed shortly before the capsule took off. “There are a lot of lights on the boats” There will be us “Moonlight”, He said, the weather conditions at this time are excellent, calm seas. SpaceX ships can reach the capsule “About ten minutes after landing”, He clarified.

“Time has flown by”

From left to right, American astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Clover, Shannon Walker and Japanese Sochi Nokuchi soon returned to Earth.

Americans Michael Hopkins, Victor Clover, Shannon Walker and Japanese Sochi Nokuchi In November 2020, the first astronauts on a mission “Functional” ISS by Elon Musk’s Space Agency, Which has established itself as an essential partner of NASA.

Two more Americans are already sailing in the Dragon 2020. It was the first aircraft to be launched from the United States to the ASS in 2011 after the completion of the space shuttle. The aircraft was first delivered by a private company with astronauts. This is the first regular mission to be brought to Earth by SpaceX.

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For the final “splash”, the astronauts will be baptized on the same dragon ship Expansion, Which took them into orbit, and SpaceX plans to use them again for other tasks after the restoration.

The departure of this group, Crew-1 follows Last week of the second regular voyage carried by the American company (Crew-2) ISS., – of which French astronaut Thomas Baskett is a part – and to whom the relay was sent in recent days.

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Shannon Walker handed over the command of the ISS to a Crew-2 astronaut on Tuesday at a coding ceremony. “I will enjoy these moments forever”, He announced on this occasion. In total, Crew-1 would have spent 168 days in space. “Time flies, it went fast”, Determined by Victor Clover.

In addition to the four astronauts of the Crew-2, another American astronaut and two Russians who arrived on a Soyuz rocket were killed by ISS Before the departure of Crew-1, the space station was packed with less than eleven people.

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World with AFP

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