Details of the return of four people who spent 21 days in space

The crew of the Axiom Space Ax-3 mission touched down in the Atlantic Ocean, concluding their three-week journey to the International Space Station (ISS) with a safe return. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying the four astronauts plunged through our planet’s atmosphere at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour. , and eventually parachuted to rest in calm waters off the coast of Daytona, Florida.

According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, air speeds of this magnitude create huge amounts of friction, which turns into heat, testing the limits of the capsule’s thermal shields with temperatures estimated at 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit, according to SpaceX.

The Dragon capsule’s landing marked the end of Axiom’s third low-Earth orbit mission, and the astronauts jettisoned the Dragon capsule’s trunk, eliminating the portion directly below the crew compartment, and completed a deorbit liftoff, ejecting the capsule from Earth’s orbit into Return path.

Once the capsule entered the atmosphere, its contact with the surrounding air created a “sheath” of plasma around the vehicle. This temporarily cut off communication with ground control, a routine part of landing a spacecraft.

Minutes later, parachutes deployed and the vehicle drifted into the ocean. The Ax-3 mission, which launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 18, was SpaceX’s first flight carrying an all-European crew.

The mission involved Michael Lopez Alegría, 65, a former NASA astronaut and dual Spanish-American citizen, joined by Swedish pilot Markus Wandt, 43, another mission specialist, Albert Giserafisi, 44, and Italian Air Force Colonel Walter Velade. , 49 years old.

As for Walter Veladi, he is from Italy, Albert Geziravci became the first Turkish astronaut, and Swedish Markus Wandt is also on board the spacecraft.

During their time on board the International Space Station, they participated in various experiments aimed at the future of human space travel in the long term.

These experiments included testing muscle stimulation and monitoring suits, testing the stress responses of genetically modified plants grown in microgravity, tracking bone density in microgravity, and monitoring astronauts’ sleep patterns in space.

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