NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 returned back to earth after spending 157 days in orbit. The spacecraft carrying the four astronauts made a safe landing in the Gulf of Mexico, not far from the Florida coast near Tampa. NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, along with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina landed on Saturday at 9:02 p.m. EST.
Crew-5 Journey So Far
During their mission, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 covered a distance of 66,577,531 miles, spent a total of 156.5 days on board the space station, and completed 2512 orbits around the Earth. It was the first-ever space flight for Nicole Mann, Josh Cassada, and Anna while Wakata had his fifth space flight.
Plantation Drives In Space
All four astronauts were engaged in maintenance activities and were able to grow vegetables in space. They were able to grow plants such as dwarf tomatoes without using soil for them to grow. Crew-5 also helped in BIRDS-5 Project which helped Uganda and Zimbabwe launch their first satellite into orbit.