Astronauts Are Leaving the International Space Station

Pablo Tucker
October 3, 2019

Crewmates of the Soyuz MS-12 crew ship - Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, the first astronaut of the United Arab Emirates - are making final preparations before their return to Earth. The crew landed safely at 6:59 a.m. EDT in Kazakhstan. When she leaves the space station in February 2020, she will hold the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman. Almansoori is ending an eight-day stay on the space station that covered 3.1 million miles and 128 orbits of Earth. Almansoori made history as he became the first person from the UAE to fly in space. She'll spend six months at the station, along with Koch and an worldwide team of four other astronauts, conducting some 250 science investigations in areas including biology, earth science and human research. Ovchinin conducted one spacewalk lasting 6 hours and 1 minute.

The existing nickel-hydrogen batteries will be upgraded with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries transported to the station aboard the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle, which arrived on September 28.

He has been on the International Space Station for exactly a week now. Hague is completing his second flight in space, while Ovchinin is finishing his third space journey.

The two men took off in a Soyuz rocket for the ISS in October 2018, but an accident minutes after blast-off sent them plunging back to Earth.

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.

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