Agence France-PresseMay 7, 2021 10:28:29 AMT
Four astronauts have just returned from the International Space Station, which filmed their return to Earth’s atmosphere and ocean splashes on Thursday after more than 160 days in space. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, which transports the crew back to Earth, splashed down on Florida early Sunday in NASA’s first night ocean landing in more than 50 years. “There was a point where I just told myself to breathe. Breathe in because I felt really heavy – I felt like those cartoons when they experience G and your face has just sagged,” said American Victor Glover, one of the astronauts. in a group called Crew-1.
It was the first regular mission to be taken and then returned from the ISS to a spacecraft built by the company of billionaire Elon Musk.
“I expected it to be so dynamic – and so challenging – that I thought the actual event was a little smaller than I expected, and so it was enjoyable everywhere,” Glover said.
The weight of acceleration was concentrated in the chest, making it difficult to breathe.
But then “starting and coming in are such unique experiences,” he said.
NASA has agreed with SpaceX to launch astronauts into space from U.S. soil, which has not been possible since 2011 with the end of the space shuttle program.
Since then, NASA has been forced to pay for trips to the ISS on Russian Soyuz ships landing on dry land.
“The descent into the water was interesting because none of us knew what to expect, but I would say from my own point of view, it felt a little softer than landing on land,” said U.S. astronaut Shannon Walker.
“You spend less time under a parachute with a dragon than under a Soyuz,” he said.
Soon the space “tourists” – civilians who are not professional astronauts – will settle in places on the Dragon.
U.S. astronaut Mike Hopkins believes that astronauts will be able to handle rough returns.
After civilians have undergone some centrifuge training, “it’s not going to be completely unique to them,” he said.
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi said the decline was fairly smooth.
“The effects were very, very minor, and right after the splash. We feel the waves, we return to the planet of water.”
“It’s a great feeling.”