Friday, September 29, 2023

Farewell: Sergey, Rubio & Dmitri in Russian Soyuz | International Space Station

Farewell: Sergey, Rubio & Dmitri in Russian Soyuz | International Space Station

Three Expedition 69 crew members are pictured inside the Russian Soyuz MS-23 crew ship that would return the trio back to Earth after living and working for 371 days aboard the International Space Station. From left are, Roscosmos cosmonaut Dmitri Petelin (Russia), NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev (Russia).

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio ended his record-breaking time in space with a parachute-assisted landing in the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan, on Sept. 27, 2023.

Rubio arrived at the International Space Station on Sept. 21, 2022, spending 371 days in low Earth orbit, and breaking the previous American record held by NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei by 16 days.

During his 371 days aboard the station, Rubio experienced:
- Approximately 5,936 orbits of Earth
- Approximately 157,412,306 statute miles traveled (equivalent of approximately 328 round trips to the Moon and back)
- Fifteen spacecraft visited the International Space Station, including four Roscosmos Progress cargo ships, two Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft, two Roscosmos Soyuz, four crewed SpaceX Dragons, and three uncrewed SpaceX Dragons.

Follow Expedition 70 updates here:

Expedition 70 Crew (Sept. 26, 2023—)

Station Commander: Andreas Mogensen of the European Space Agency (Denmark)

Roscosmos (Russia): Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko, Nikolai Chub, Konstantin Borisov 

JAXA: Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa (Japan)

NASA: Flight Engineers Jasmin Moghbeli, Loral O'Hara (USA)

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Learn more about the important research being operated on Station: 

For more information about STEM on Station:

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

Image Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Image Date: Sept. 27, 2023

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