Crew of mission Crew-4 has returned safely with ISS

Crew of mission Crew-4 has returned safely with ISS

The space capsule SpaceX Crew Dragon, known as Freedom, detached from ISS and returned safely to Earth, landing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

The Freedom ship landed at 4:55 p.m. on the east coast of the United States. Less than an hour later, Crew Dragon was taken to the ship, after which the rescuers opened the escape hatch of the capsule and helped astronauts who had been able to breathe fresh air for the first time in more than 24 weeks after 170 days of weightlessness had yet to be rehabilitated.

During its stay in space, the Crew-4 crew, together with ISS, overflying the Earth 2720 times and passing about 116 million km. At the entrance of the atmosphere, the temperature overboard Crew Dragon rose to 1930 °C, and at the end of the descent, two sets of parachutes were opened over the capsule, slowing the ship to 24 km/h, after which it landed on the water.

In orbit, the ship ' s crew was engaged in various scientific research, such as astronauts studying the effects of microgravity on human cells and monitoring changes similar to the effects of ageing; and diet effects on the immune function and condition of the gastrointestinal tract; they also investigated the behaviour of fire in conditions of weightlessness and cultivated plants in liquid and air environments instead of soil.

A week ago, Crew Five arrived at ISS, running a countdown before Crew-4 returned to Earth.