On Monday night, the capsule Dragon from SpaceX I flew over the Mexico City skies bound for Miami, after six long months on the International Space Station (ISS) after completing various scientific missions.
At around 9:00 PM (Central Mexico time), the SkyAlert Twitter account confirmed that the aforementioned object detected in CDMX’s sky is a Dragon capsule that this morning began returning to Earth.
On that spacecraft, US astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur, Japan’s Akihiko Hoshied, of JAXA, and France’s Thomas Pesquet, of the European Space Agency (ESA), separated by EEI successfully.
According to reports, the ship carrying four members of the Crew-2 mission will arrive at the coast of Pensacola, Florida, hours after Monday, November 8.
On Sunday, NASA decided to postpone for a little more than 24 hours the capsule detachment operation, called Endeavor, which has been home to it since April due to weather conditions.
At the moment, the US agency on Wednesday night maintains the Crew-3 mission launch from the Kennedy Space Center (Florida), which will take over the mission and will also remain on the International Space Station for six months.
The new mission will bring four astronauts aboard a new Dragon capsule to the orbiting laboratory: Commander Raja Chari, pilot Tom Marshburn, NASA mission specialist Kayla Baron, and German ESA scientist Matthias Maurer.
Members of the International Crew-2 mission will return to the planet with more than 530 pounds of science material and with added difficulty: The capsule toilet had malfunctions, so they had to make the return trip with diapers, about eight hours.
Before the start of the return trip, Pesquet on Twitter on Monday shared a mosaic of 99 photos taken throughout the 200-day mission.
A bittersweet feeling leaving the space station. A magical place in the sky that gives superpowers like floating and seeing Europe and Africa on the globe at a glance,” he noted in another message on that social network, which he accompanied with pictures of the International Space Station floating on this planet.
Crew-2 is the second of six manned missions to and from the International Space Station that Elon Musk will carry out under a contract with NASA to send astronauts from US soil, which has not been carried out since the end of the shuttle program in 2011.
With information from EFE
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