NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Safely Returns to Earth


NASA astronaut Kate Rubins rising from the Soyuz spacecraft shortly after touchdown in Kazakhstan on Saturday, April 17. NASA

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts have safely returned to Earth after a six-month keep aboard the Worldwide Area Station (ISS).

Rubins, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov returned aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, touchdown in Kazakhstan shortly earlier than 1 a.m. ET (11 a.m. Kazakhstan time) on Saturday, April 17. The journey from the house station took round three-and-a-half hours.

Welcome house! At 12:55am ET (4:55 UT), after 185 days in house, Kate Rubins of @NASA_Astronauts and Sergey Ryzhikov & Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of @Roscosmos touched down of their Soyuz spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan.

— NASA (@NASA) April 17, 2021

All three had been rapidly extracted from the spacecraft and at the moment are present process routine well being checks. As soon as full, the crew members will go their separate methods, with Rubins returning to her house in Houston, Texas, and the cosmonauts flying again to their coaching base in Star Metropolis, Russia.

????‍???? Astronaut Kate Rubins is all "excessive fives and smiles" as she takes her first breath of recent Earth air in 185 days. Aboard the @Space_Station, Rubins carried out tons of of hours of @ISS_Research, together with advancing her work in DNA sequencing.

— NASA (@NASA) April 17, 2021

The animation beneath explains how the spacecraft and crew made it again to Earth.

This animation reveals what the Soyuz spacecraft descent to Earth can be like because it returns with the Exp 64 crew. #AskNASA |

— Worldwide Area Station (@Space_Station) April 17, 2021

Throughout her time aboard the house station, Rubins took half in two spacewalks, voted within the U.S. presidential election, and labored on a variety of experiments.

The three astronauts skilled 2,960 orbits of Earth and traveled a complete of 78.4 million miles throughout their half-year mission.

This was Rubins’ second spaceflight after one other in 2016, with 300 cumulative days spent in house. Ryzhikov has now accomplished his second spaceflight, with 358 cumulative days in house, whereas Kud-Sverchkov was on his first spaceflight.

The departure of the Soyuz spacecraft from the ISS on Friday marked the formal begin of Expedition 65 aboard the station. The present inhabitants of the orbiting outpost are NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, and Mark Vande Hei, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.

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