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SpaceX splashdown: Astronauts return home from six-month ISS mission




Their journey kicked off on Monday afternoon 2 ET when the astronauts in Crew wrapped the Dragon capsule, which had remained attached to the international space station since rowers arrived in April. For nearly nine hours, slowly roaming through orbit, approaching a dense inner layer of Earth’s atmosphere, before the Dragon crowd lit up their shovels to safely cut through the air, parachutes deployed and splashed into the Gulf of Mexico around 10:30 pm Monday. .

The fleet of reserve ships awaited its arrival four statues — NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency, and Akihiko Hoshide from Japan — for safety.

“It is great to return to Earth,” Kimbrough was heard saying moments after the explosion on NASA’s web.

A ghostly image of the Space Crew Dragon capsule — the astronomers carrying Crew 2 — appeared during the night to be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico as it was returning from the International Space Station on November 8 .
Traveling home presented one last challenge: Issues with toilet on board SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule they left the astronauts without an option to go to the bathroom on their way back home. Instead, the company was forced to rely on “linen” — essentially adult diapers — for a nine-hour journey.

In a press conference conducted remotely by the ISS on Friday, McArthur said using clothing rather than toilet “suboptimal.”

“But we are ready,” he said. “Spaceflight is full of many micro-challenges. This is just one thing that we have met and we take care of our mission, so don’t worry too much.”

Kimbrough, McArthur, Pesquet and Hoshide returned to Earth before the next group of astronauts could approach the ISS to replace them.

Goal NASA and SpaceX jointly work in partnership for their ISS missions The space station is 21 years old, fully staffed, making it the largest orbital laboratory in operation while in operation. Keeping NASA’s staff onboard has been under constant pressure for nearly 10 years because the United States doesn’t have the ability to acquire space astronauts to orbit. After he retired from the space agency’s shuttle program, his partnership with Russia and the Soyuz spacecraft had to rely on NASA as an astronaut to acquire the space station.

The next SpaceX astronaut launch, named Crew-3, has been delayed – first by weather problems and then by a “minor medical issue” with one of the astronomers. NASA said next week it would expect to clear that problem before takeoff, which could happen as soon as Wednesday.

NASA also hopes to send another scout on board: Boeing has contracted alongside SpaceX to develop its own ship worthy of a dock, but Boeing has been beset by many suspended experiments and development. At this point, its spacecraft named Starliner was overdue of the year and most recently the Armed Forces pad was put down after problems with the agency system were discovered. test vehicle shortly before scheduled flight.