A trio of Soyuz crew members finished its extended stay on the International Space Station.
Friday was the day when three of the members of the crew aboard the ISS returned to earth. They reached the home planet safe and sound and the spacecraft landed in Kazakhstan, according to NASA.
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The mission had lasted 168 days for one of them while the other two had stayed for ten days aboard the ISS. Many samples were included in the stuff brought to earth. These were from experiments conducted on the space vessel.
The trio comprised: Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen from the ESA and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency. These brave individuals were debriefed upon exiting their space vehicle. It will take some getting used to the gravity of the earth. That is after being in a weightless condition in space.
Padalka has ventured on board the ISS alongside Yank Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko. He traveled a total of 71 million miles before calling it a day and returning to the bosom of our natural home, the planet earth. It was Padalka’s fifth trip to space and he has stayed a grand total of 879 days in space.
Meanwhile, Mogensen and Aimbetov spent more than a week each aboard the ISS. They also went on a special space vehicle that will be employed by Kelly, Kornienko and Sergei Volkov to return to earth in March of 2016.
For Mogensen and Ambetov it was their maiden voyage in space. They were quite excited to go where no man had gone before. Among the experiments that got conducted aboard the ISS may be included: blood tests for twins Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly as well as salivary samples taken for specific purposes. Also a microbiome study was undertaken in space.
The Skinsuit was tested by Mogensen. It was a special suit meant to replicate the effects of gravity. Since in space due to zero gravity conditions several astronauts had their spinal columns lengthened by 7 inches, this suit was meant to prevent such a mishap.
The lengthening caused backache. Also experiments were carried out on rats and how their bodies reacted under weightless conditions. Ultimately, these experiments will go on to benefit human beings on earth. That is why the slogan of the ISS mission is “Off the Earth, For the Earth”. And it happens to be the costliest venture undertaken by NASA so far.
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