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Four astronauts returned to Earth in SpaceX’s Dragon capsule. The flight lasted eight hours and was uncomfortable because the toilet did not work. “It’s great to be back,” one of the astronauts said over the radio.

On Monday, just after 10.30 p.m. (4.30 a.m. Polish time), four astronauts returned to Earth in a Dragon capsule. Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet spent 200 days at the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX capsule was launched in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, near the city of Pensacola. The flight lasted eight hours.

“It’s great to be back,” one of the astronauts said over the radio.

Four astronauts returned to EarthPAP / EPA / Aubrey Gemignani / HANDOUT

Return to Earth from the International Space Station

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The return journey was not very comfortable as the astronauts were unable to use the broken toilet. As they assured, they treated it as yet another challenge of their mission.

During their stay at the station, the astronauts made four space walks, had the first vegetables grown in orbit, and received a visit from Russian filmmakers. Before leaving the station, they circled it to take souvenir photos and videos.

In the capsule, 240 kilograms of materials were transported to Earth, the result of scientific experiments.

There are currently two Russians and one American on board the ISS. Another group of four astronauts was due to take off for the ISS a few days ago, but the start was delayed due to bad weather.

Main photo source: Reuters



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