astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken began landing towards Earth on Sunday from the International Space Station (ISS). The men are scheduled to land in front of Florida on Sunday at 9:42 p.m. Finnish time.
You can follow the course of the events on Nasa’s live broadcast on the HS page. The broadcast will also show background video during the day.
Astronauts are making space history. Private space company SpaceX flew astronauts to the ISS on Falcon 9 carriers at the end of May. The crew capsule Crew Dragon Endeavor docked at the ISS, where astronauts have now spent two months.
The last time astronauts returned to the sea from a joint Apollo-Soyuz flight in July 1975. Since then, space has returned soaring on shuttle flights.
Return space is dangerous because the capsule must hit the Earth’s atmosphere at right angles. In the history of spaceflight, a total of four Russian cosmonauts have died while landing in the capsule in 1967 and 1971.
“The hardest part [operaatiossa] was a trigger. However, the most important thing is to get us back home, ”Behnken said at the ISS farewell party.
At the event, Behnken presented a dinosaur plush toy he took with his child on a business trip.
“The Apatosaurus Tremor is returning home and will be there soon with his father,” Behnken said.
From 2011 U.S. astronauts have traveled to the ISS as tenants, aboard a Russian Soyuz launch vehicle. It has been considered humiliating to the superpower of space.
Nasa has an agreement with SpaceX for at least six flights until the mid-2020s.
A seat on the private side is cheaper than in Soyuz, whose flight ticket cost the Americans up to $ 86 million, or about $ 73 million.