Space tourists stranded on the ISS finally flew back to Earth

For businessmen Larry Connor, Eitan Stibbe and Mark Petit, and former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, the last five days on the International Space Station have been pretty stressful: they arrived at the ISS on April 9 and were scheduled to depart back on April 19, but the return trip home has been repeatedly postponed due to bad weather off the Florida coast that could prevent the crew from picking up in the ocean at their landing site. And so today, the SpaceX Crew Dragon with tourists aboard finally undocked from the ISS. However, this time too, it was not without delays.


Crew Dragon undocked from the ISS in automatic mode at 9:10 pm US East Coast Time (04:10 Moscow time) after a slight delay: communication equipment problems were detected at the last moment. It is expected that the vehicle will land today off the coast of Florida about 13:00 local time (20:00 Moscow time).

This was the first fully commercial mission organized by Axiom Space. Axiom Space has already scheduled a second mission to the ISS for the first quarter of 2023. The three tourists will be looked after by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who has flown three missions to the ISS.

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