NASA and Spacex the return to Earth of four astronauts from the Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station was again postponed due to bad weather.
SpaceX Crew-1 Dragon capsule and his team of four Undocking from the station today (April 30) and splashdown shortly before noon on Saturday (May 1) were scheduled. Their departure has already been postponed since Wednesday (April 28) due to the weather. NASA and SpaceX mission teams have yet to agree on a new return date.
“Missions from NASA and SpaceX will meet again on Friday to further consider the possibilities for the safe return of Crew-1,” NASA officials said. wrote in a statement… “Crew Dragon is in excellent condition on the space station and teams will continue to seek optimal conditions for both splashdown and recovery.”
On photos: SpaceX Crew-1 Mission to the International Space Station
SpaceX’s Crew-1 Crew Dragon, dubbed Resilience, will splash down at one of seven different target points, either in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida or in the Gulf of Mexico. Its crew of astronauts is completing a six-month flight into space.
The space station currently hosts 11 astronauts, the largest number since the space shuttle, when up to 13 astronauts were supposed to live together inside a space station the size of a five-bedroom house. during the transfer of the crew.
Crew 1 astronauts – Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker from NASA, and Soichi Noguchi from Japan – await their return home at the space station. With them are three members of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, the Americans Mark Vande Hay and the Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Petr Dubrov, as well as the recently arrived crew-2 consisting of the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide, NASA employees Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur, as well as the European space. Astronaut of the agency Thomas Pesce.
After crew-1 leaves, Hoshaid will lead the 65th expedition. He and the rest of Team 2 will remain in space until October 2021.
Inside the crowded space station, NASA said crew members are busy with science experiments, laboratory maintenance and emergency equipment training. On Thursday, the team collected urine samples and conducted experiments to study how space affects grip and movement. They also swapped the fuel tanks supporting combustion experiments and installed new equipment to activate high-performance space exploration.
NASA said some astronauts have had to look for alternative sleep options as the space station currently has only seven proper crew quarters or personal sleeping quarters for astronauts: four in the American Harmony module, one in the European Columbus module, and two in the Russian Zvezda module.
Temporary “tent camps” for crew sleep during handover can be located in the US Quest airlock, the Japanese Kibo module, or in a docked spacecraft. Hopkins slept inside Crew-1 Dragon Resilience during his six-month stay aboard the station.
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