Two Russian astronauts and an American astronaut have returned to Earth without a problem, landing on the Kazakh steppe on Saturday after a six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The Soyuz capsule, carried by the Russians Sergei Ryazikov and Sergei Kud-Svertkov and the American Kate Rubins, arrived about 150 kilometers southeast of the city of Zezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
This is the first mission for former soldier Sergei Kud-Svertkov, and the second for former military pilot Sergei Ryzykov and molecular biologist Kate Rubins.
She was greeted with flowers by former cosmonaut Yuri Malentchenko, the first person to sequence DNA in space during a 2016 mission, waiting for crew when he arrives.
During this last mission, she continued sequencing operations, worked on experiments on the cardiovascular system and observed … the growth of radishes harvested for analysis on Earth, according to a statement from NASA.
For over a decade, ISS personnel vary according to arrival and departure, most often fluctuating between three and six, but sometimes more. Seven people were on board the plane on Saturday.
Among them, two Russians and two Americans aboard the plane, which departed on April 9, with the intention of celebrating the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
Elon Musk, a US company, has broken Russia’s monopoly on aircraft for ISS by SpaceX.
This was the first private company to successfully send a team to the International Space Station last year, giving Americans the ability to achieve this feat, for the first time since the end of the spacecraft program. “Shuttle”.
With the arrival of Americans Shane Kimbro and Megan McArthur, Japanese Akihiko Hoshaid and French Thomas Pesquet, SpaceX’s second mission to ISS will bring the number of people arriving at the station to 11 next week.
NASA announced Friday evening that it has selected SpaceX to send the next American astronauts to the moon.