NASA has announced the return of Crew 2

05/11/2021
Credit: ESA/NASA–T. Pesquet
Credit: ESA/NASA–T. Pesquet

Breaking news! NASA has announced the return date of Crew-2 from the ISS (International Space Station on Earth). The agency says the Crew-2 crew will return no later than 7:14 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 8. They will return to Earth with a spaceship that will bring them to the coast near Florida. The ship that will bring them is called Endeavor from the Crew Dragon spacecraft program, most likely from SpaceX. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Aki Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will return to Earth in 3 days. 

This will mean that they stayed in space on the Crew-2 mission for a fixed 199 days. Thomas Pasquest is an example of the second mission on the ISS and has spent many days in space in total and may spend more. The ship that will bring them will dock at the ISS at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 according to NASA sources, but the time may vary slightly. Also, the date is not fixed either. Due to the extreme weather in America, as well as other factors and the performance of the ship, the landing may be reduced. NASA and SpaceX are working together to find a backup date in case something happens. 

The reserve dates would be: November 10, November 11 and the worst November 12, dated in 2021. However, the most optimistic would be to return on November 8, as scheduled. However, the start of departure starts on November 6. On Nov. 6 at 1:35 p.m. EDT happens Change of command ceremony. A ceremony that takes place before any departure. Thomas Pasquet will also have to give someone else the position of ISS commander, and he is now in command. Also on November 6, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. EDT will be a conference with Crew-2. 

On November 7, the following will happen, according to the godmother in a post: " - 10:45 a.m. EST- Coverage begins for 11:10 a.m. hatch closure 12:45 p.m. EST- Coverage begins for 1:05 p.m. undocking (NASA will provide continuous coverage from undocking to splashdown) " And, the last stage, on November 8, 2021, Crew-2 will probably fall into the Atlantic Ocean. 

More details are coming in the coming days, from NASa and SpaceX. We wish success to both space agencies. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 05 November 2021, at 01:17 pm Los Angeles time

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