ESA wanderer Andreas Mogensen, Soyuz booster commander Gennady Padalka and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov landed this morning during 00:51 GMT (02:51 CEST 12 September) in a steppe of Kazakhstan, imprinting a finish of their missions to a International Space Station.
Andreas became Denmark’s initial wanderer when he left a world on 2 Sep on his 10-day iriss mission. The contingent undocked from a orbiting formidable on 11 Sep during 21:29 GMT (23:29 CEST) in an comparison Soyuz spacecraft, withdrawal a new vessel they arrived in for a Station crew.
ESA used a goal to exam new technologies and control a array of systematic experiments.
In his initial experiment, Andreas filtered Station rubbish H2O by a ‘biomimetic’ surface from Denmark. The surface mimics inlet to emanate purify celebration H2O regulating a nano-technology that requires no energy. The outlay will now be analysed to see if it can be used in space in a future.
Andreas operated dual rovers from his proxy home in orbit. His many perplexing charge concerned inserting a brace in a hole with a clearway of reduction than a millimetre. Such pointing compulsory pleasing feedback that ESA has grown to concede excellent control over vast distances.
Andreas ‘felt’ objects he educated a drudge to hold during ESA’s technical centre in a Netherlands while encircling Earth 400 km high, thousands of kilometres from a rover.
The complement will work with delayed and dangerous networks and so is good matched for determining robots on Earth with singular infrastructure, maybe after earthquakes.
Andreas wore a parsimonious SkinSuit for dual days to exam a efficacy for preventing astronauts’ spines stretching in weightlessness. He also took microbiological samples to learn if it stays purify adequate to wear for prolonged periods.
Andreas and Aidyn arrived during a Station aboard Soyuz TMA-18M underneath commander Sergei Volkov though returned in Soyuz TMA-16M with commander Gennady Padalka. Gennady has finished a six-month goal and a contingent left a uninformed qualification for NASA’s Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko,who are spending roughly year in space to inspect how humans adjust to longer flights.
The iriss goal is not over for Andreas: he will fly around Moscow to ESA’s wanderer centre in Cologne, Germany for debriefing and researchers will guard him to finish their experiments.
The belligerent teams that work turn a time during a Columbus Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and a User Support and Operations Centre around Europe will continue to work ESA’s Columbus space laboratory as good as support a organisation of 6 general astronauts aboard a Station.
In reduction than 3 months, ESA’s subsequent wanderer to go to space, Timothy Peake, will skip on his five-month Principia goal – launch is set for 15 December.