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NASA : Expedition 43 Crew Departs Space Station, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan .-Salida de la Expedición 43 Estación Espacial, en tierra de forma segura en Kazajstán
Hola amigos: A VUELO DE UN QUINDE EL BLOG., hemos recibido información de la Agencia Espacial NASA, sobre la exitosa Expedición 43 que ya regresó de la Estación Espacial Internacional y aterrizaron en óptimas condiciones en Kazakhstan.
The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft is seen as it lands with
Expedition 43 commander Terry Virts of NASA, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov
of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Italian astronaut
Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) near the town
of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Virts, Shkaplerov,
and Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the
International Space Station where they served as members of the
Expedition 42 and 43 crews. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, Flight
Engineers Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency
(Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency)
touched down at 9:44 a.m. EDT (7:44 p.m., Kazakh time), southeast of the
remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
Credits: NASA TV
Three crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) returned
to Earth Thursday after a 199-day mission that included several
spacewalks, technology demonstrations, and hundreds of scientific
experiments spanning multiple disciplines, including human and plant
Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, Flight Engineers Anton
Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha
Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) touched down at 9:44 a.m.
EDT (7:44 p.m., Kazakh time), southeast of the remote town of
Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
During their time aboard the orbiting laboratory, the crew members
participated in a variety of research activities focusing on the effects
of microgravity on cells, Earth observation, physical science, and
biological and molecular science. Their research included the start of a
one-year study into human health management over long-duration space
travel with the March arrival of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and
Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko – the One-Year Crew.
The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft is seen as it lands
with Expedition 43 commander Terry Virts of NASA, cosmonaut Anton
Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Italian
astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from European Space Agency (ESA) near
the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, June 11, 2015.
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls
the One-Year Crew. the team members welcomed three cargo spacecraft during their stay on
station. One Russian ISS Progress cargo vehicle docked to the station in
February carrying tons of supplies, and Virts assisted with grapple and
connection of two SpaceX Dragon deliveries in January and April -- the
company's fifth and sixth NASA-contracted commercial resupply missions.
In preparation for the arrival of U.S. commercial crew vehicles,
Virts ventured outside the station for three planned spacewalks to make
adjustments for new International Docking Adapters (IDA) that can
accommodate the spacecraft. The first IDA is scheduled to arrive on
SpaceX’s seventh commercial resupply flight later this month.
The crew also had the opportunity to participate in the demonstration
of new, cutting-edge technologies such as the Synthetic Muscle
experiment, a test of a new polymer that contracts and expands similar
to real muscle. This technology has the potential for future use on
robots, enabling them to perform tasks that require considerable
dexterity but are too dangerous to be performed by humans in space.
The crew engaged in a number of biological studies, including one
investigation to better understand the risks of in-flight infections and
another studying the effects microgravity has on bone health during
long-duration spaceflight. The Micro-5 study
used a small roundworm and a microbe that causes food poisoning in
humans to study the risk of infectious diseases in space, which is
critical for ensuring crew health, safety and performance during
long-duration missions. The Osteo-4 study
investigated bone loss in space, which has applications not only for
astronauts on long-duration missions, but also for people on Earth
affected by osteoporosis and other bone disorders.
The returning crew members will celebrate individual milestones in
their space exploration careers. With the completion of his second
mission, Virts now has spent 212 days in space. Shkaplerov, having
completed his second long-duration mission on the station, has spent 364
days in space. Cristoforetti set a new record for single mission
duration by a female astronaut with 199 days in space on her first
flight, surpassing NASA astronaut Suni Williams’ previous record of 195
days as a flight engineer on Expeditions 14 and 15 from December 2006 to
Expedition 44 now is operating the station with Roscosmos’ Gennady
Padalka in command. Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail
Kornienko of Roscosmos, are continuing station research and operations
until three new crewmates arrive. Kelly and Kornienko are on the first
joint U.S.-Russian one-year mission, an important stepping stone on
NASA’s journey to Mars.
NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, Roscosmos’ Oleg Kononenko and Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui are scheduled to launch from
Kazakhstan in late July.
For more information on the International Space Station and its crews, visit:
For breaking news and features, follow the station on Twitter using @Space_Station.
On Monday, June 15 at 5 p.m., the account and @usairforce will send a
link for a live Periscope event the U.S. Air Force is hosting, enabling
Virts to continue to tell the world about his mission now that he is
back on Earth.