A SpaceX capsule docks on the International Space Station with the first black woman who will be part of the crew on a long-term mission. Science

A SpaceX capsule docks on the International Space Station with the first black woman who will be part of the crew on a long-term mission.  Science

The International Space Station receives four astronauts (three of them NASA, from the United States, and one from the European Space Agency) arrived in a SpaceX capsule this Wednesday (27). The mission that came is Crew-4.

The arrival takes place two days after the team returned to Earth.

The Dragon capsule arrived at the launch center in Florida, less than 16 hours after its launch. NASA in Cape Canaveral.

It was one of SpaceX’s fastest flights to the International Space Station.

The maneuver to “park” the capsule took place at a distance of about 420 km from the Pacific Ocean. NASA,

Mission Crew 4 took off from Kennedy Space Center at 3:52 a.m. local time (4:52 a.m. GMT) – Photo: Aubrey Gemignani/NASA

  • Kjell Lindgren, 49, Flight Commander for NASA,
  • Bob Hines, 47, mission pilot for NASA,
  • Jessica Watkins, 33, mission specialist NASA,
  • Samantha Cristoforetti, 45, Italian European Space Agency.

After leaning the capsule against the station, team members began to check for leaks and to check the pressure of the passage between the capsule and the station. This is the preparation to open the entrance.

There are already seven people at the station. Four of them (three Americans and one German) will return to Earth in early May. Besides him, there are three Russian cosmonauts.

This is the fourth team of astronauts SpaceX has taken to the space station since 2020.

Crew 4 on the Space Station

Crew-4 is expected to conduct hundreds of scientific experiments, including ongoing research to grow soilless plants in space. Another experiment would be to develop an artificial human retina, which would take advantage of the ISS’s microgravity environment to help form thin protein films, layer by layer.

The technology could be used to “replace damaged photoreceptor cells in the eye and potentially restore meaningful vision for millions of people suffering from retinal degenerative diseases,” the scientist said. NASA Heidi Paris.

Crew-4 astronauts, left to right: Jessica Watson, Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Samantha Cristoforetti – Photo: SpaceX

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