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The first group of private astronauts to leave the ISS and return to Earth

The first group of private astronauts left the ISS to return to Earth - Photo 1.

If it goes well, the Dragon ship will land in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida at about 13:00 on April 25, US time (ie 00:00 on April 26, Vietnam time) – Photo: NASA

The first group of private astronauts to go to the International Space Station (ISS) left space on April 24 to return to Earth, ending a two-week trip that is considered an important milestone for human activities. commercial spaceflight.

If all goes well, the Dragon ship will land in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida at about 13:00 on April 25, US time (ie 0h on April 26, Vietnam time).

The flight to bring the private astronauts back to Earth was delayed for several days due to unfavorable weather at the landing site.

Earlier on April 8, Space X technology corporation made a special flight to bring the first private crew to the ISS. Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted the Crew Dragon from the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida (USA) at 15:17 GMT on April 8 (ie 22:17 on the same day in Vietnam time).

This trip, named Axiom-1, did not involve any astronauts from the US Space Agency (NASA). All four crew members are civilians, working at the commercial aerospace company Axiom Space.

The mission commander is Michael López-Alegría (who holds dual US and Spanish citizenship), a former NASA astronaut, has made 4 trips into space and is currently vice president of Axiom Space . The remaining three astronauts include Canadian investor Mark Pathy, American real estate investor Larry Connor and former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe.

NASA has highly appreciated the partnership between Space X and Axiom Space, seeing it as an important step towards the goal of commercializing space known as “Low Earth Orbit”, thereby advancing efforts to participate in space exploration. hope to go deeper into space. Ticket price for this trip is 55 million USD/person.

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