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Samantha Cristoforetti immediately postponed back to Earth again: bad weather in Florida


“Tonight I’m going to sleep on a bed,” the astronaut announced before the delay.

“We are getting ready to leave and give up!” Samantha Cristoforetti tweeted shortly before the postponement was announced. “Here, it was my last night in weightlessness, and the next time I went to sleep, I’d be in bed. Bitter sweet!”

At two o’clock in the afternoon, the separation operations of the spacecraft began

Samantha Cristoforetti and the Crew-Dragon crew have already donned SpaceX spacesuits and have begun detaching (disassembling) the Italian spacecraft 14.20, with the Crew Dragon Freedom shuttle hatch closed. This is provided by the times quoted by NASA, which at present indicate the departure time at 16.05 Italian and landing at 23.43 Italian this evening.

Samantha Cristoforetti Another postponement of returning to Earth with the Crew-4 crew. NASA said maybe we’ll talk about it again tomorrow, October 14th

The October 13 live stream lasted just under an hour. She was again “CristofoReady” (as the Americans call it) or Cristoforetti ready to begin the return flight from the International Space Station after completing the Minerva ESA mission, a dive of more than 30 thousand kilometers per hour that also includes the disposal, not experienced six astronauts Italians preceded him. One last sigh looks up at the dome, looks at the space lions and green celestials of the Earth, then takes off on the Freedom spacecraft. as always. Startups started at 2pm, but the final stop arrived by 3pm because the weather on the Gulf of Mexico wasn’t encouraging: departure was scheduled for at 16.05 today with access in 23.43always italian time, always today.

by Paolo Ricci Petti

Direct direction down

Summarizing and barring further deterioration in weather conditions in Florida, Elon Musk’s SpaceX CrewDragon Freedom spacecraft detachment maneuvers, chartered by NASA, will resume tomorrow August 14 to finish in one of four designated areas in the Bay. Mexico, ditched yesterday for meteorological reasons, always 3 of the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

With her in the spacecraft are Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, and Jessica Watkins. From the moment of separation from the ISS of the Crew Dragon Freedom shuttle to the moment of ditching, approximately 8 hours of controlled fall are expected.

ESA’s Samantha Cristoriti, at this point, spent 170 days on the International Space Station as part of the Minerva mission. Between 2014 and 2015, the 45-year-old spent another 199 people on the Futura mission. He was the first European ISSE leader to reach other records thanks to a total of 370 days in space, four more than in Luca ParmitanoItalian record holder so far.

Here you can follow NASA’s live broadcast.

Here directly from the European Space Agency

Poetry to greet space

experiments

Numerous experiments have been conducted, notably within the International Space Station’s European Unit Columbus laboratory, six of which were designed by ASI, from the effect of microgravity on the female reproductive system to the consequences of radiation on Italian extra virgin olive oil. There are also many posting activities for schools and first videos posted on TikTok by an astronaut.

new delivery

In the afternoon, Cristoforetti passed the command of the International Space Station (ISS) to cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev. After thanking the Control Center and the ISS partner space agencies, the astronaut told the European Space Agency (ESA): “Thank you to Italy, my country, for the opportunity to be aboard the space station.” She was in command of the International Space Station for 15 days: the second shortest command after fellow American Shannon Walker, which lasted 11 days. It was a packed party: there were 11 astronauts aboard the International Space Station. “Here on the plane there was a crew rotation to Fast and Furious – said the Italian – it was a short but intense affair. I was lucky to have had this opportunity, it is my pleasure, honor and privilege to share this experience with you,” she said again. “Thank you all.” The astronaut said again, addressing the Control Center on Earth, NASA, and the European Space Agency.

The 30 are now preparing to face the long return trip with fellow Crew 4 and Americans Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins. The Crew Dragon Freedom shuttle hatch is scheduled to close today at 11.20 p.m. Italian time, depart at 1.05 a.m. Italian time October 13 and land at 11.41 p.m. on the same day. The seven members of Expedition 68 remain aboard the space station: the new commander Prokopyev, who arrived on the ship on September 21 with the American Francisco Rubio and the Russian Dmitriy Petlin as well as the crew of 5 consisting of Americans Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada. The Russian Anna Kekina and the Japanese Koichi Wakata.

astronaut desires

“I hope to see my family and friends again soon and to be able to take a nice shower,” the thirty-year-old European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut said at the NASA press conference yesterday and in which he participated. With his fellow crew 4. On the front there was no longer the correction applied the day before after a small protrusion – explained ESA – with the edge of one of the many instruments installed on the walls of the laboratory units.

“When I come back to Earth, I like to spend a lot of time in the middle of natureMy reasoning after nearly six months spent locked in a big carriage: The craving for fresh air and the scent of grass instantly hits third place among astronauts’ desires after family members’ hugs and basic showers.

After landing and screening in Florida, Samantha Cristoforetti will immediately arrive in Cologne, where she lives with her family (partner Lionel Vera, daughter Kelsey Amell and son Dorian Leaf) where the European Space Agency’s European Center is located. Astronaut training.

Samantha Cristoforetti with her French partner Lionel Vera and their sons Kelsey Amell and Dorian Leaf: The image was stuck by the astronaut for thirty years on the kit bag used during a space walk.

Compared to his first time in space, with the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) Futura mission, AstroSamantha said, “Then he had so many things to learn and being in space was so exciting that the memory of his early days is blurred today.”. In this second mission – he added – I was able to appreciate more of what was happening and understand more details. Certainly, the balance of this second mission, Minerva, of the European Space Agency, which began last April and is now in its final stages, is certainly positive, but it recorded important records in it, such as being the first European astronaut to face a spacewalk and be He has command of the case. It is also important to balance ongoing or initiated scientific experiments by this crew.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX CrewDragon spacecraft lands in Florida waters. The spacecraft is then attached to a crane from a support ship: the astronauts, slightly puzzled, land directly on the deck. The spacecraft turns black a lot as it traverses the atmosphere at more than 30,000 kilometers per hour, with the heat shield having to stand up to temperatures higher than 1,500 degrees Celsius, more than that of a blast furnace. In fact, the spacecraft is wrapped in purple and smoldering plasma (video below)

None of the six Italian astronauts who preceded Samantha Cristoforetti had used the ditch maneuver, which was popular during the Apollo missions and was not used by the Russians and Chinese. Franco Mallerba, Maurizio Chile, Umberto Guidoni, Roberto Vittori, Paolo Nespoli and Luca Parmitano returned to Earth with the space shuttle gliding majestically like a glider or suffering the hard impact of the Sogos spacecraft on the steppes of Kazakhstan. After all, the disposal of manned spacecraft has been in the attic since 1975 (the Apollo-Soyuz program that gave the Cold War a good boost) until 2020. (CrewDragon Special Appearance).

With the Russians and the Chinese

Samantha Cristoforetti was trained anyway to part with her astronaut friends with Soyuz and even with the Chinese: the Italian took part in an unprecedented course with astronauts when it seemed that relations between the European Space Agency and the Chinese Space Agency (CNSA) should bear fruit.. for the occasion, He learned Chinese (his sixth language) so much that, without an interpreter, he gave an interview on Beijing state television. Below the story is an unmissable video. Indeed, in the epic cosmonauts only Italian and German Matthias Maurer can boast of this triple competence.

nemo mission

In addition, the Trentino astronaut, between the Futura mission and the Minerva mission, was also the commander of the NEMO mission in the same waters in which the spraying operation will occur: off the coast of Florida, a NASA base is installed on the seabed that is used for training, testing equipment and conducting scientific experiments. Also with her was American Jessica Watkins, a 7-year-old former rugby team, with whom she shares a mission with Minerva.

Paolo Ricci Petit

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