Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov handed over “keys” to the International Space Station today (March 29) while NASA pilot Mark Vande Hei spoke kindly to the spacecraft.
In an event on the orbiting lab announced by NASA on the living stream this morning, Shkaplerov actually changed his command of the field to NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn. After arriving in October 2021, Shkaplerov is leaving the field with fellow cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hey. The trio will begin returning to Earth aboard a Russian captain Soyuz tomorrow (March 30), as Russia enters its second month of hostilities.
“I know you. You have a job, and I know you work [be a] ISS official, ”Shkaplerov told Marshburn during the operation, while handing“ the key ”to the base.
But Shkaplerov has received some scorn for the new director.
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In the fall of 2021, the Russian military carried out an anti-satellite missile demonstration against a defunct Soviet satellite. The experiment ended with the satellite, creating thousands of pieces of debris. And it was so close to the orbit of the airfield that the crew had to fly for cover on their parked cars. No one was hurt during the incident, but that was the reason it started.
“Some satellites tried to kill us but we worked together very hard,” Shkaplerov teased Marshburn during the operation today. The speech seemed to draw laughter from the rest of the crew, who floated near Shkaplerov and Marshburn during the operation.
But Shkaplerov’s heart is more than willing to share, which is the feeling about the necks of the world on Earth, which is at its peak after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Feb. . 24. World leaders including US President Joe Biden have condemned the attack, but remain united.
“People are a problem on Earth. We’re in orbit as one group. I think the ISS is a symbol of connection and interaction, as a symbol of the tourism of the future,” he said. and Shkaplerov as he handed over the keys.
Shkaplerov has served as commander of Expedition 66 on the field since Nov. 6 after the start in October. 5 with Russian film director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Pereslid. He will return to Earth tomorrow with Dubrov and Vande Hei, who arrived in orbiting space in April.
Vande Hei, who can be seen laughing and clapping during action in the air, returns to Earth with the men aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule. As the Russian war continues, there are questions about whether Vande Hei will return aboard a Soyuz or get a U.S. trip home. But it seems that the landing is going exactly as planned.
The NASA astronaut will return to Earth as a record holder. With this mission, Vande Hei won the record for longest flight by an American. Previously, the record was recorded at 340 days, but Vande Hei will be shooting ahead of that number with a record of 355 days in the air.