June 8, 2023


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Crew-2 astronauts have returned safely to Earth

Crew-2 astronauts have returned safely to Earth

Four astronauts – Thomas Bisket With the European Space Agency, Megan MacArthur, Shane Kimbrough, and Akihiko Hoshied, they successfully completed the second commercial space mission jointly prepared by the agency. NASA The company is owned by Elon Musk SpaceX.

The entire project, which dates back to April 23, 2021, included a long stay in International Space Station. During this, the crew was engaged in scientific research and maintenance activities, spending a total of 199 days in orbit and setting the record for the longest space flight on a manned American ship.

The duties of the crew included, among other things, studying the behavior of objects in microgravity, trying to support the cultivation of peppers in specially prepared conditions, or testing new ways to exercise in space with virtual reality goggles. Of course, it was not without the claim of a “space walk”, since nearly a hundred photographs of our planet were taken.

The astronauts’ safe return to Earth took place Monday night through Tuesday. capsule dragon crew It was launched in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, where it was immediately intercepted by rescue ships. The intact crew was then flown to Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.

A happy mission conclusion is a good sign of NASA I SpaceX before launching another missile. Both companies have already proven that their technologies meet all safety standards.

Third manned mission day International Space Station It was scheduled to take place on November 10 this year. The live broadcast of the event will be available on YouTube and the agency’s official website.

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