Two cosmonauts and an astronaut have landed safely from the Worldwide Area Station after spending 185 days aboard the orbiting laboratory.
Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Russia’s state house company Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA touched down on the steppe of Kazakhstan on Saturday (April 17), using aboard Russia’s Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft. The three crewmates landed southeast of the distant Kazakh city of Dzhezkazgan at 12:55 a.m. EDT (0455 GMT or 10:55 a.m. native Kazakh time).
“Behind our shoulders is six months being on the house station,” Ryzhikov stated throughout a quick change of command ceremony on Thursday when he relinquished management of the station’s Expedition 64 crew. “It was an incredible time and it was unforgettable. There have been many unforgettable occasions throughout our increment.”
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After touchdown, Russian restoration forces, in addition to NASA personnel, had been available to assist the crew out of the Soyuz descent capsule and supply preliminary medical checks. Rubins was subsequent to be flown by NASA jet again to Houston, whereas Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov are flown again to their coaching middle in Star Metropolis, Russia.
Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins’ departure from the station on Friday at 9:34 p.m. EDT (0134 GMT Saturday) marked the official finish of Expedition 64. On the time of their undocking, Expedition 65 started on the station underneath the command of NASA astronaut Shannon Walker.
“I do know I converse for everyone after I say thanks a lot for these fantastic 5 months that we have now had collectively,” Walker instructed Ryzhikov as she accepted command of the station. “It has really been the teamwork and the camaraderie that has made it very particular.”
“Expedition 64 was extremely busy. We have achieved every kind of analysis, I do not know what number of EVAs [extravehicular activities or spacewalks] between the 2 sides, a number of cargo automobiles, we have achieved station repairs, we have achieved station upgrades, we have achieved station upkeep,” stated Walker.
Walker, with NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Mark Vande Hei, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, will function the station for one week till the arrival of SpaceX’s Crew-2. Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Area Company (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet are scheduled to launch on April 22 and dock their Dragon “Endeavour” to the station the subsequent day.
Walker will then hand over command of the Expedition 65 crew to Hoshide earlier than she, Hopkins, Glover and Noguchi land on Dragon “Resilience” on April 29.
Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins arrived on the station on Soyuz MS-17 on Oct. 14. They served as flight engineers on the Expedition 63 crew for one week earlier than starting Expedition 64.
Throughout their 185 days on orbit, Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins carried out tons of of experiments within the disciplines of biology, biotechnology, bodily and Earth science. Additionally they oversaw the arrival and departure of a number of visiting automobiles, together with SpaceX’s first operational Crew Dragon mission, which introduced the Crew-1 astronauts to affix the Expedition 64 crew.
Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov every carried out their first spacewalk by making the first-ever EVA out of Russia’s Poisk module. The 2 labored outdoors the station for six hours and 48 minutes to arrange for the removing of the Pirs docking module, which is able to clear the best way for the arrival of Russia’s Nauka multipurpose laboratory later this 12 months.
Rubins, along with Glover and Noguchi, carried out two spacewalks to arrange the house station for the set up of latest, extra succesful photo voltaic arrays. The 2 seven-hour EVAs introduced her whole profession time working within the vacuum of house to 26 hours and 46 minutes over the course of her 4 spacewalks.
This was Ryzhikov’s and Rubins’ second spaceflight and Kud-Sverchkov’s first. Rubins now has logged 300 days in house. Ryzhikov has spent 358 cumulative days off the planet.
The three traveled a complete of 78.4 million miles (126 million km) finishing 2,960 orbits of Earth.
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