Newly arrived Crew 4 astronauts on the International Space Station are ready to begin a six-month stay in space after this week’s smooth SpaceX flight.
NASA astronaut and astronaut Robert Haines said spaceflight in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, its first mission and spaceship freedom, the experience of “appetite” was evident even after a career in combat aircraft. the mission Launched into space early Wednesday (April 27) and docked less than 16 hours later.
“One of the things we used to say about fighters is that they get off, and the faster you go, the faster you go,” Haynes, the commander of a US Air Force fighter pilot, said at a welcome party Thursday, April 28.
“It’s just the opposite,” he said of the launch. “The higher you level up, the higher your speed… and it was great. [rocket] The trip, especially the home leg, was really fun. It was awesome. »
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Crew Commander 4 and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren also praised the performance of the new spacecraft. “The Freedom capsule flight was really smooth, and Gs was absolutely amazing,” he said, referring to the gravitational forces, or gravitational forces, that the astronauts encountered during launch.
In addition to enjoying the spacecraft, Crew-4 said they had fun Spatial views of the dragonWhich whets their appetite for several months of observation from the space station.
NASA junior astronaut Jessica Watkinsif The first black woman On a long-term mission, he praised the view when the crew arrived at the space station.
“We can see the space station from a distance, but it is very bright with solar panels shining towards us,” she said. ” The tr Below is simply amazing. We are so excited to be here and see more of these amazing views.
The multinational crew of Expedition 67 now includes three Russians, six Americans, one German astronaut and one Italian astronaut as Crew-4 astronauts arrive. This group of astronauts and cosmonauts will work closely together in the coming weeks to integrate newcomers into space operations.
Samantha Cristoforetti, Veteran European Space Agency As an astronaut, she thanked her colleagues for their patience as Crew-4 adapts to life in space.
“They do a lot of work with us, because we have ‘legs of space’, so thank you very much for such a warm welcome.”
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