After six-month stay in space, four astronauts – NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, and Akihiko Hoshide from Japan – returned to Earth from the ISS. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule dubbed Endeavour splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, Monday night. It was a minor incident only: one of the four main parachutes inflated slower than the others.The spacecraft spent nearly nine hours slowly maneuvering through orbit before. During their stay in space they oversaw over 300 science experiments and conducted spacewalks to solve various problems. There were some events during their mission in space. In July, the thrusters of a newly installed Russian module fired unexpectedly, sending the station on a wild ride. NASA said the crew was never in danger. The astronauts were on board also for a scheduled event, the filming of a scene for a Russian movie.
Issues with the toilet on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule left the astronauts without a bathroom option during their trip back home. They used adult diapers (“undergarments”). The next SpaceX astronaut launch, called Crew-3, is scheduled for Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was delayed by weather issues and by a “minor medical issue” with one of the astronauts. It was not covid.