Dragon Endeavour quitte la station spatiale – Les astronautes d’Axiom rentrent enfin sur Terre

SpaceX Dragon Endeavour transportant les astronautes d'Axiom Ax 1

Le vaisseau Dragon Endeavour de SpaceX transportant quatre astronautes de la mission Axiom 1 s’approche de la Station spatiale internationale moins d’un jour après son lancement du Centre spatial Kennedy de la NASA en Floride. Les deux vaisseaux spatiaux étaient en orbite à 257 miles au-dessus de l’océan Atlantique, au nord-ouest de l’île de la République de Cabo Verde, qui se trouve au large de Dakar, au Sénégal, en Afrique. Crédit : NASA

Le SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft undocked from the space-facing port of the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 9:10 p.m. EDT to complete the first all-private astronaut mission to the orbiting laboratory, Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1). The hatch was closed between the Dragon Endeavour spacecraft and the  International Space Station at  7:26 p.m. EDT, in preparation for undocking and return to Earth.

The Crew Dragon is slowly maneuvering away from the orbital laboratory into an orbital track that will return the astronaut crew and its cargo safely to Earth, targeting a splashdown off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, targeted for 1:06 p.m. EDT Monday, April 25.

International Space Station Configuration April 24 2022

April 24, 2022: International Space Station Configuration. Five spaceships are parked at the space station including the SpaceX Dragon Endurance; the Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter; and Russia’s Soyuz MS-21 crew ship and the Progress 79 and 80 resupply ships. Credit: NASA

Ax-1 Commander Michael López-Alegría, Pilot Larry Connor, and Mission Specialists Eytan Stibbe and Mark Pathy will complete 17 days in space at the conclusion of their mission. SpaceX Dragon Endeavour, the Ax-1 spacecraft, will return to Earth with more than 200 pounds of science and supplies, including NASA experiments and hardware.

Joint operations with the Axiom and SpaceX mission teams end and NASA coverage of the mission concludes when the spacecraft exits the area of the space station, approximately 30 minutes after undocking.

Axiom Space leads independent mission operations for Ax-1 and will resume coverage of Dragon’s re-entry and splashdown beginning about an hour before splashdown at 12 p.m. Monday, April 25, on the company’s website.

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