Three ESA Astronauts Return To Earth From International Space Station

Posted: Sep 15 2015, 6:40am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 15 2015, 8:33pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Three ESA Astronauts Return to Earth from International Space Station
ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen being welcomed back by Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, at Cologne’s airport in Germany on 12 September 2015. / ESA–Stephane Corvaja
  • ESA astronaut arrives home after hectic schedule aboard the ISS.

The ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Soyuz spacecraft commander Gennady Padalka and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov arrived home after a hectic schedule aboard the ISS. He was given a hero’s welcome.

Mogensen, Padalka and Aimbetov made a soft landing on 12th September in a field in Kazakhstan. This brought their mission aboard the ISS to an end. Mogensen, who is Danish, spent 10 days on the ISS.

He happens to be Denmark’s first astronaut to go on board the ISS. The mission that the three astronauts were on was meant to test new technologies and perform various experiments. The first of the experiments was made by Mogensen.

He filtered waste water through a biomimetic device that was made in Denmark. The device copies nature and used nanotechnology to filter waste water to produce clean drinking water. No fuel source was required for the device to work. The prospects for this device in the future are multifarious.

Mogensen also manipulated two rovers while on the ISS. The most crucial experiment involved fitting a peg in a hole with less than a single millimeter of a margin left. The amount of precise dexterity and agility required for the operation was simply out-of-this-world.

It will go a long way in helping to fine-tune projects requiring extra precision in later missions. Via the robot that Mogensen handled, he could touch objects that were 400 km away on earth. The instructions and the VR facilities were carried out from a large distance. 

Mogensen also wore the SkinSuit. This is a sort of space body suit that saves astronauts’ spines from stretching in the zero gravity conditions of outer space.

Also microscopic samples were tested from the SkinSuit to see whether it stayed biologically hygienic during the space mission. Mogensen and Aidyn returned along with Padalka on the Soyuz spacecraft to earth. 

However, the mission is not exactly over for Mogensen. He is to be debriefed and some experiments will be carried out to see how he is faring after his trip in outer space. Within the next 90 days or so, the ESA’s next candidate, Timothy Peake will go on the Principia Mission.

The due date for this enterprise is the 15th of December. Astronauts and cosmonauts are indeed the boldest and bravest of human beings. That is because they risk life and limb to go so far away from their home base.

Being in the environment of space is not exactly child’s play. It requires guts and a whole lot of perseverance to weather the isolation and special conditions of zero gravity.  

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