Aeronautics have returned to Earth after a six-month scientific work at the International Space Station.
Four astronauts trapped inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule crashed safely on the Gulf of Mexico along the Florida coast after a six-month scientific work at the International Space Station (ISS).
The Dragon vehicle, named Endeavor, went up to sea as planned after 10:30 pm local time on Monday (03:30 pm Tuesday), following the re-entry and descent of NASA.
Live video footage captured the image of a capsule flying like a meteor in the night sky in the Gulf minutes before.
There was applause from the airport as four large parachute climbed over the capsule, slowing down to about 15 miles per hour (15 miles per hour) before slowly crashing into the calm sea.
“Endeavor, instead of SpaceX, we have been welcomed home to Earth,” pilot officials told co-workers that a protected explosion was confirmed.
“It’s wonderful to be back,” one of the astronomers replied on the radio.
Since launching the ISS on April 24, two American personnel, a Frenchman and a Japanese aviation person, have tried hundreds and helped raise the station’s solar panels.
Their activities have also included global documentation to document human-induced changes in the environment, the cultivation of Hatch chilli peppers and the study of worms to better understand human health changes in the atmosphere.
The crew began their return trip to Earth in the Endeavor with 90 minutes around the ISS to take pictures, the first such project since the Russian Soyuz spacecraft did the same in 2018.
The dragon, usually a stand-alone bird, has a small rotating window on top of which the astronauts can point their cameras.
“I am proud to represent France in the air! Then, Moon? “Wrote Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency.
The capsule also penetrated the atmosphere at over 27,000km / h (about 17,000mph), with the staff connection lost for several minutes.
The tension that occurs when the capsule passes through the atmosphere also causes the temperature around the outside of the car to rise to 3,500F (1,927C), and the heat shield protects the capsule from overheating.
Recovery ships were shown directly to the Crew Dragon waterproof as they plunged into the water. Astronomers and their capsule were expected to be released into the ocean in about an hour, NASA said.
The crew was delayed for one day due to strong winds.
Bad weather and what NASA called a “minor medical crisis” has led to the launch of the next astronaut team – the Crew-3 mission – to be launched on Wednesday.
Until then, there will be three astronauts on the ISS – two Russian and one American.