First joint NASA and SpaceX mission postpones return to Earth to Saturday

The American astronaut Shannon Walker, of the crew of the so-called SpaceX Crew.

The American astronaut Shannon Walker, of the crew of the so-called SpaceX Crew.

The first joint manned mission of the POT and the private firm SpaceX that arrived at the International Space Station (ISS), will return to the Land Saturday and not Wednesday as previously announced. As reported by the US aerospace agency, The three Americans and the Japanese who make up the mission will arrive that day in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule about 11.33 local time (15.33 GMT).

NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover, along with Soichi Noguch, of the Japanese space agency (JAXA), will have previously started their return trip on Friday at 17.55 US Eastern time (21.55 GMT), when the capsule, called Resilience, begin your autonomous separation process from the ISS. According to a NASA statement, it was agreed to postpone the return until Saturday due to weather conditions in the seven planned splashdown zones off the coast of Florida (USA), "which are currently predicting wind speeds above recovery criteria." The astronauts will return to Earth after spending six months on the ISS, during which they conducted various scientific experiments.

As reported Monday, the final place will be announced a few hours after the landing because it depends on the weather conditions, especially from the winds and waves, and also to avoid the presence of onlookers near the ship that will collect the Dragon capsule, which will descend to the sea with the help of several parachutes. Crew-1 is the first of six manned missions that NASA will do in association with the signing of magnate Elon Musk as part of the Commercial Crew Program with which the space agency returns to send missions into space from US soil and with rockets and ships manufactured in this country.

Crew-1 concludes its work and begins its return shortly after the second of these missions, Crew-2, reached the ISS on April 24 aboard another Dragon capsule, called Endeavor, after taking off a day earlier from Cape Canaveral (Florida) in a reusable Falcon 9 rocket. This relay team, which will spend six months in the orbital laboratory, andIt is made up of the American NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, as well as the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide, of the JAXA agency, and the French Thomas Pesquet, of the European Space Agency (ESA, in its acronym in English).

The Endeavor capsule for the first time brought two astronauts to the ISS, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, in May 2020 and drove them back in August of that year as part of the Demo-2 mission. It was a previous mission aimed at NASA certification of SpaceX Dragon capsules, the propellant of the Falcon 9 rockets from the same company and its ground operation systems to undertake the joint missions of the Commercial Crew Program.


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