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Thursday, September 7, 2023

Views from the weekend

Alkoukh - Four space
 explorers splashed
 down safely in a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida early Monday morning. NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's SpaceX #Crew6 completed the agency’s sixth commercial crew rotation mission to the International Space Station.

The crew includes NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, as well as UAE astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev. Teams aboard SpaceX recovery vessels retrieved the spacecraft and its crew. After returning to shore, the crew flew to  in Houston.
Bowen, Hoburg, Alneyadi, and Fedyaev traveled 78,875,292 miles during their mission, spent 184 days aboard the space station, and completed 2,976 orbits around Earth. The #Crew6 mission was the first spaceflight for Hoburg, Alneyadi, and Fedyaev. Bowen has logged 227 days in space over four flights.
The international crew of four completed hundreds of scientific experiments inclusive of: assisting a student robotic challenge, studying plant genetic adaptations to space, and monitoring human health in microgravity to prepare for exploration beyond low Earth orbit and to benefit life on Earth. The astronauts released Saskatchewan’s first satellite which tests a new radiation detection and protection system derived from melanin, found in many organisms, including humans.
The #Crew6 mission lifted off from Launch Complex 39A on March 2, 2023 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the fourth flight of the Dragon spacecraft, which was named Endeavour by retired NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on its first voyage for the agency’s SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2. The spacecraft will return to Florida for inspection and processing at SpaceX’s refurbishing facility at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, where teams will inspect the spacecraft, analyze data on its performance, and prepare it for its next flight.
 NASA/Joel Kowlsky