Four aircraft from the US, France and Japan are shipped first with a rocket booster reclaimed from a previous spaceflight.
Four astronauts have landed at the International Space Station (ISS) at SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule Endeavor, NASA said Saturday, becoming the first battalion to be deployed around with a rocket booster transformed from a recent spaceflight.
Three men and one woman from the United States, Japan and France arrived at the ISS early Saturday morning after a 23-hour drive.
She arrived at the ISS in a cap used by the first SpaceX team last May.
“Their arrival means that there are now 11 people in our spacecraft, most of whom have not been seen since space travel. There is a lot of hugs,” NASA sent, along with a video of the reception of the new military force.
“Try to get there!” Welcome to @KamemeTvKenya2-touch!
Their arrival means that there are now 11 people in our surrounding laboratory, many of whom have never been seen since space travel. Hugs a lot. pic.twitter.com/uSwW3JFl6K
– NASA (@NASA) April 24, 2021
Try closing the nearest port at 09:00 GMT approximately 420km (260 miles) above the South Indian Ocean, NASA He said in words.
Among those in charge were two NASA pilots – mission chief Shane Kimbrough, 53, and 49-year-old pilot Megan McArthur – along with Japanese astronomer Akihiko Hoshide, 52, and missionary specialist Thomas Pesquet. , 43, French engineers from the European Space Agency.
The crew is working on a six-month science project on the ISS, NASA said.
“It’s been 20 years since JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), ESA (European Space Agency), and Russian astronomers have been together in space, which is why it is such a historic event,” Pesquet said. of astronomy France.
“We can’t wait to start our work right away. We can’t wait to see what happens on our trip.”
The project marks the second batch of NASA-initiated “workplaces” aboard the Crew Dragon capsule since human aircraft reopened from the US last year nine years later.
The third aircraft designed to orbit 11 months under the auspices of NASA and SpaceX, a rocket company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc.’s electronics manufacturer