After months of living and working in space, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts are nearing the end of their mission and ready to return home.
Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer were released with the SpaceX Crew-3 spacecraft in Nov. 10. Now, their journey on the International Space Station is coming to an end, and the astronauts are getting ready to return to Earth. According to the sailors during a news conference held on Friday (April 15), they have an amazing missionary but they are happy to be back home.
“It’s a great honor to live and work on the International Space Station,” said Marshburn, the group’s only astronaut.
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The crew will return to Earth later this month, sometime after the arrival of the new SpaceX spacecraft, Crew-4, and they will give the center to new crews. With the release of Crew-4 on April 23, no specific date has been set for Crew-3’s return. But it will come soon, and the fly will rejoice.
“I think we are really looking forward to seeing our loved ones, our family and friends around the country who have been so helpful in supporting us in our lives so far,” he said. Barron.
“I can’t wait to see my wife and kids,” Marshburn said. “I get goosebumps just thinking at that moment to see them. To see the pictures of my kids, how much they’ve grown in six months – they’re young, it’s something It is wonderful to know how much you have done wrong. “
Marshburn is taking a “hot bath,” he added with a laugh. “I think we all like that.”
The sailors shared fun details of their flight, including Chari’s beard, which he said grew up in the air as an Air Force culture. Chari, who ordered Crew-3, said the inspection was kept for March but she couldn’t grow up at that time for the walk.
The sailors also described some of the work they did on the ship. Maurer pointed to the impact of research done on the field as we understand climate change, including a new experiment that aims to reduce carbon emissions in the process of climate change. to do.
Outside of Marshburn, the sailors were made up of rookie riders who first visited the field. They told Space.com during the news conference that they would love to go back to space, even though they could do different things next time.
“I really want to come [back] to the International Space Station, “Barron said.” I think it’s an honor for us to be a part of this amazing engineering and science movement that has stood here for the next 20 years – a wonderful legacy to be a part of. “
He added that he would take the lessons learned by the missionaries on future planes. “You feel it’s very important, when you first wake up here to try to keep up with everything,” he said. “We’re a very rigid process, and when you’re doing something for the first time, it takes longer.”
Microgravity needs to be subject to small changes, he said. “I think next time we’ll be a little more prepared for some of those challenges.”
Chari said that because of the COVID-19 disease, the scientists did not physically contact the scientists who studied the astronauts who made the orbit, which she hoped to work for the missionaries to do. coming.
“We’re an amazing scientist to do, but it’s even better if you know the people you’re talking to physically,” Chari said. “We’re working on life -changing experiments on scientists and engineers who have thought of these things, but we can only hear them on the radio.”
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Marshburn added that while there has been a lot of work for the crew in the past few months working through Expeditions 66 and 67, “he said,” we were very happy: three trips, robotic processes. , a large number of tourists and, of course, the first private astronaut missionary. “
Marshburn’s personal astronaut mission says Ax-1, Axiom Space was the first space shuttle and the first full-fledged missionary sent to space, which launched the pilots aboard a SpaceX Dragon on a Falcon 9 on April 8.
“Those colleagues are with us on the ship right now,” he said.
“There’s really a difference in the amount of practice and experience,” Chari said of the guests. “But we think they can take care of themselves.”
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