Down to Earth: Astronauts Safely Return After Space Mission

Pablo Tucker
October 7, 2019

Washington, Oct 3 (SocialNews.XYZ) Hazzaa Ali AlMansoori, the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), returned to Earth on Thursday from the International Space Station (ISS) alongside NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Soyuz commander Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Mansoori flew to the ISS after the UAE signed a contract with Roscosmos to allow him to become a "spaceflight participant", a term used for people from outside the main space agencies who take short trips to the station.

Hague and Ovchinin are completing a 203-day mission aboard the lab while Mansoori's two crewmates from the September 25 launch - Russia's Oleg Skripochka and NASA's Jessica Meir - will stay on as part of a six-member team.

She'll return to Earth in a different Soyuz next February, and her anticipated 328 days in orbit is due to set a women's record for continuous time in space.

The return from space of Ovchinin and Hague will also be watched closely, a year after they failed to launch in the first accident of its kind in Russia's post-Soviet history.

The Expedition 60 astronauts conducted hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, according to Nasa, including investigations into devices that mimic human organs, free-flying robots, and an instrument to measure Earth's distribution of carbon dioxide. Ovchinin conducted one spacewalk lasting 6 hours and 1 minute.

Hague's first two spacewalks in March continued the overall upgrade of the station's power system with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries on one pair of the station's solar arrays. He survived a dramatic launch abort last October, before getting a second chance to fly into space.

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