Dragon Endeavor departs station with Axiom space astronauts – Space Station

April 26, 2022: Configuration of the International Space Station. Five spacecraft are stationed at the space station, including the SpaceX Dragon Endurance; the Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter; and the Russian ship Soyuz MS-21 and the Progress 79 and 80 supply ships.

The SpaceX Dragon Endeavor spacecraft undocked from the space-oriented port of the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 9:10 p.m. EDT to complete the first all-private astronaut mission in the orbital laboratory. Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1).

The Crew Dragon slowly moves away from the orbital lab toward an orbital runway that will bring the astronaut crew and cargo safely back to Earth, targeting a splashdown off Jacksonville, Fla., targeted for 1:06 p.m. EDT on Monday April 25. .

Ax-1 Commander Michael López-Alegría, Pilot Larry Connor, and Mission Specialists Eytan Stibbe and Mark Pathy will complete 17 days in space at the end of their mission. SpaceX Dragon Endeavor, the Ax-1 spacecraft, will return to Earth with more than 200 books of science and supplies, including NASA experiments and equipment.

Joint operations with the Axiom and SpaceX mission teams end and NASA mission coverage ends when the spacecraft departs the space station area, approximately 30 minutes after undocking.

Axiom Space is leading independent mission operations for Ax-1 and will resume coverage of Dragon’s reentry and splashdown beginning approximately one hour before splashdown at 12 p.m. on Monday, April 25 at the company’s site. website.

Learn more about the station’s activities by following the space station blog, @space station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.

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