Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
After six months in space
ISS astronauts land safely on Earth
Initially, the bad weather at NASA thwarted the plan: one day late, four ISS astronauts land with their capsule in the Gulf of Mexico. The “Crew-1” had previously ended the almost ten-year break in manned space travel in the USA.
After around six months on board the International Space Station (ISS), four astronauts are safely back on earth. A “Crew Dragon” capsule from the private space company SpaceX with US space travelers Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker as well as their Japanese colleague Soichi Noguchi landed on Sunday morning (CET) in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the US state Florida , as seen in a live stream from the US space agency Nasa. Ships were dispatched to safely bring the capsule and the astronauts ashore. According to NASA, the crew is doing well.
The capsule had undocked from the ISS during the night after the return flight to Earth had been postponed by a day due to bad weather. The so-called “Crew-1” docked at the ISS in November. The space station had recently become tight: In addition to the “Crew-1”, the cosmonauts Oleg Nowizki and Pyotr Dubrow and the NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei were on board since the beginning of April, and last weekend four astronauts from the “Crew-2” came on board “in addition – the US astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur as well as their Japanese colleague Akihiko Hoshide and the French Thomas Pesquet.
“Crew-1” was the first to fly regularly to the ISS in the “Crew Dragon” after a manned test flight to the ISS last spring had been successful. After a break of almost nine years, the test was the first in which astronauts returned to orbit from American soil – and the first time ever that they were promoted by a private space company. The start of the “Crew-3” is currently planned for October.