Multinational Trio Undocks from Station, Heads Home to Earth

Multinational Trio Undocks from Station, Heads Home to Earth”

The document for the most significant population on the ISS was set in 2009 when there have been 13 people on board.

During his time in space, Al Mansoori completed approximately 128 orbits around the Earth and travelled an 3,394,335 miles, according to NASA.

The brand new residents are NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, who will spend six months in space as members of Expedition 61, plus a particular short-time period visitor: the primary individual from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to fly into the area, Hazzaa Ali Almansoori.

On Sept. 25, Meir became the third Mainer, and first ME woman, to go into space when the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft carried her from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.

Hague, Expedition 60 and Soyuz commander Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates, will close the hatch to their Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft October 3 and undock from the station.

Additionally onboard the ISS right now are the crew of the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft: NASA astronaut Drew Morgan, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. Two minutes after launch, their normally reliable Soyuz booster malfunctioned and broke apart, triggering a dramatic - but safe - emergency abort.

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But the Russians quickly found and fixed the problem and resumed Soyuz flights two months later. Ovchinin, Hague and Almansoori plan to return to Earth Thursday.

"This year has definitely been a insane year", Hague told CBS News in a space-to-ground interview Wednesday. "Eventually earning it up in this article in March was just ... a combine of emotions - the relief of lastly accomplishing it, figuring out the sacrifice that had been place in up to that stage, not just by me, but my family". That is quite some thing for them to go by means of. "It's really brought home just how important it is what we're doing up here, and why it's all worth it".

He said his time in orbit was a more moving experience than he expected. I would like to stay back and continue working as part of this team. "And to just recognize that we're aspect of this cherished put".

Meir will also be helping Koch make history. "The adjust in perspective up here is profound, and you can surely experience it".

Asked if he was looking forward to the trip back to Houston, he said "I'm sure definitely ready to give my wife and kids a huge hug".

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