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157 days on the space station and 2,500 orbits later, the crew of 5 astronauts have returned to Earth.  See photos – Science

157 days on the space station and 2,500 orbits later, the crew of 5 astronauts have returned to Earth. See photos – Science

the capsule Crew Dragon Endurance made a controlled landing this morning near Tampa, Florida, bringing back to Earth two NASA astronauts, one from Japan’s space agency JAXA and a Russian astronaut from Roscosmos.. The arrival has been monitored to date by several teams who rescued the capsule and retrieved the astronauts six months into the mission.

a Endurance “landed” at 9:02 p.m. (02:02 a.m. in mainland Portugal) after leaving the International Space Station on Saturday, at 7:20 a.m. in Portugal.. The return has already been postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions

The arrival of missions in partnership between SpaceX and NASA already enters a well-organized routine and the images show how Crew Dragon’s entry into the atmosphere lit up the US skies.

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During their stay on the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Josh Casada and Nicole Mann, as well as Koichi Wakata of JAXA and astronaut Anna Kikina of Roscosmos, He conducted many science experiments and technology demonstrationsanticipating future space exploration missions as well as applications on Earth

Among the work the crew did was “moderate temperature protein crystallization growth,” an investigation promoted by JAXA. About producing high quality protein crystals in microgravitywhich scientists use to develop drugs and study unknown enzymatic reactions.

Click on the pictures to see some experiments

It has also been studied in exposure to radiationas well as conducted a neurointegration system study, which uses nematodes for Examine how microgravity affects the nervous system. The findings could support the development of countermeasures to protect astronauts on future space missions and contribute to better health for the elderly on Earth.

It should also be noted that a study on The behavior of artificial human organs in space. The space station’s BioFabrication Facility (BFF) system returned to Earth in 2020 for maintenance and updates, and it was up to Crew-5 to reinstall the printing system.

The crew was also working on the Root in Orbit Test System (XROOTS), a systemA system that uses hydroponics and aerobic techniques to grow plants without soil. This would be an alternative that could help support crews for long-term spaceflights far from Earth, where resupply missions are less viable.

Watch the video with a summary of the Crew-5 missions aboard the International Space Station

The fifth crew continued its flight on October 6, 2022, and was launched into space aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, from Complex 39 of the Kennedy Space Center. It was the eighth manned mission that SpaceX has operated since it received credentials to carry astronauts about three years ago.

See photos of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission launch

The Endurance capsule, where the astronauts were traveling, arrived at the International Space Station at 22:00 (Lisbon time), with The crew is greeted enthusiastically by the Expedition 68 astronautsin a “welcoming footnote” composed of Bob Haynes, Kjell Lindgren, Frank Rubio, and Jessica Watkins (NASA), Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petlin (Roscosmos), and Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA).