The hatch of the Crew Dragon Freedom shuttle that brought astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, of the European Space Agency (ESA), her three fellow crew 4, and Americans NASA Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica to Earth, has been closed. Watkins. The shuttle is scheduled to separate from the International Space Station at 5:35 pm, and the flight to Earth will take just over seven hours, with a landing at 10.50 pm in the Atlantic Ocean, off Jacksonville (Florida).
After donning the typical black and white suits of Crew Dragon shuttle crews, Crew 4 astronauts kissed and hugged the seven mates who would remain on the space station.
So Samantha Cristoforetti and Jessica Watkins closed the hatch of the Crew Dragon Freedom shuttle, connected to Node 2 (Zenith) from the International Space Station; Then they took their places at both ends of the four-seat row of the SpaceX shuttle, in the center of which sit 4 crew leader Kjell Lindgren and pilot Bob Hines.
Immediately after this, decompression operations began, which are necessary to ensure that the shuttle was launched slowly and safely from the orbital station.
Samantha Cristoforetti looks at Earth from the dome, the space station’s large panoramic window (Source: ESA, Twitter)
AstroSamantha’s latest tweet is full of nostalgia: “I’m going to miss that viewpoint,” he wrote, accompanied by a photo of him looking down at Earth from the dome, the space station’s large panoramic window. The astronaut also posted on Twitter a video of Earth at night with lights that draw the features of the coasts and are more focused and intense in line with large cities. He wrote: “Fly like me one last time!” “Farewell, and as always, thank you for all the fish!” he added, citing one of his favorite books, Douglas Adams’s “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
– Samantha Cristoforetti (AstroSamantha) October 13, 2022
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