NASA Astronauts Safely Return To Earth After 115 Days In Space

Posted: Oct 31 2016, 4:42am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 31 2016, 5:00am CDT , in Latest Science News


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NASA Astronauts Safely Return to Earth After 115 Days in Space
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, left, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, center, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sit in chairs outside the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft a few moments after they landed in remote area near town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 (Kazakh time). Rubins, Ivanishin and Onishi are returning after 115 days in space where they served as members of Expedition 48 and 49 crews on ISS. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • Three NASA Astronauts land safely back on Earth after a Successful Stay of 115 Days aboard the ISS

Three NASA astronauts landed safely back on earth after a successful and lengthy stay aboard the International Space Station.

Kate Rubins alongside two more NASA astronauts, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi, alighted on the home planet after an extended sojourn in space. They landed in Kazakhstan. Kate has a degree in molecular biology.

She made important contributions to various experiments which took place on the ISS. These included the Biomolecule Sequencer.

This capacity of sequencing the genome of an organism in the harsh conditions of space could enable scientists to detect a disease. Also they could find out whether a series of microbes are dangerous or benign in the context of space.

Throughout her journey aboard the ISS, Rubins engaged in two spacewalks. In one of them, she and her fellow astronaut Jeff Williams installed the first international docking adapter.

With many sensors and systems on board, this adapter is meant to provide access to a port for spacecraft that will convey astronauts to the ISS in the future. The very first spacecrafts that will dock on the adapter are the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing Starliner.

During her second spacewalk, Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams dislodged a spare thermal control radiator and installed two novel high definition cameras.

Myriad experiments took place aboard the ISS. They ranged from those in biology to biotechnology and physical science not to mention earth science.

This took place during the 115 days in space that these astronauts stayed aboard the ISS. The three astronauts were the ones to receive three cargo supplies in which loads of odds and ends of equipment and experimental paraphernalia were present.

As Kate Rubins and her fellow astronauts prepared to undock from the ISS, the Soyuz hatch clamped shut with force. The whole journey of the three astronauts back to earth was recorded live on NASA TV.

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