Three astronauts descended 250 miles to hold down in a dried nearby a city of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Monday. Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, both Russian cosmonauts, and NASA wanderer Shane Kimbrough done a purify alighting in their Russian spacecraft, a Soyuz MS-02. Thanks to a correctness of a skirmish — a qualification landed only as designed — cameras were means to film a incoming capsule.
“It was a text touchdown,” Rob Navias, a NASA orator said in TV explanation after a landing, as Space.com reported. “The Soyuz was pulled by a categorical parachute onto a side, though a organisation was fast extracted and are in good shape.”
The landing’s accurate inlet was a covenant to how distant we’ve come given a early days of spaceflight. The second American in space, Gus Grissom, roughly drowned in a Atlantic in 1961 when his capsule, “Liberty Bell 7,” plopped into the sea and began to inundate with seawater. (He confirmed that there was a malfunction, discordant to insinuations that he panicked and triggered the shun induce too early.) “Liberty Bell 7″ sank, exiled to a sea building until a salvage boat recovered it in 1999.
There was no such violation for a Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft. The new touchdown had some-more than a hold of play — the footage ends with an blast of brownish-red dirt as a capsule’s retrorockets dismissed — though a astronauts can be seen grinning and jolt hands moments after crew lift them out of a capsule.
With a Soyuz MS-02’s lapse came a finish of a International Space Station’s Expedition 50. Kimbrough and his crewmates had logged 173 days, only underneath half a year, in space on this mission.
Along a way, a astronauts on a space hire finished 2,768 orbits of a planet — a excursion of some 73.2 million miles.
After a Soyuz undocked from a ISS, a station’s Expedition 51 strictly began. The Earthbound astronauts bid farewell to 3 colleagues who remained on a station: cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, a European Space Agency’s Thomas Pesquet and NASA wanderer Peggy Whitson, who is now the first lady to authority dual missions aboard a ISS and who is about to set a record for spending some-more time in space than any other U.S. astronaut.
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