Space tourists of the AX-2 mission leave the ISS and return to Earth: Video

The SpaceX Dragon Crew spacecraft with a crew of space tourists Axiom Space AX-2 has successfully undocked from the International Space Station and is returning to Earth. The crew of Ax-2 returns after 10 days in Earth orbit together with the astronauts of the ISS, where they have conducted scientific experiments. Now it is expected that the SpaceX Dragon Crew capsule will land off the coast of Florida on May 31 at 5:00 a.m. GMT+3. This is the second crew of astronauts carrying out a completely private space mission.

The crew of AX-2. Photo: Axiom

“We did get that confirmation that Dragon has successfully exited the approach ellipsoid and is continuing their journey back to Earth,” the NASA Mission Control Center in Houston reported.

“It will only take them roughly 12 hours until they make their way back down to Earth,” Axiom’s Jessie Anderson said at the end of the live broadcast.

The four-person Axiom crew launched earlier this month from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A multinational crew of astronauts conducted more than 20 different experiments on board the ISS.

The first woman in space from Saudi Arabia, Rayyanah Barnawi, as part of the Axiom Mission 2 crew, conducts one of the experiments on the ISS. Photo: Axiom Space

Mission specialist Rayyanah Barnawi became the first woman from Saudi Arabia in space. She was joined by Saudi astronaut Ali al-Qarni. The mission is commanded by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson after Axiom sent its first private crew of astronauts to the ISS on a 17-day mission last year.

The crew of AX-2 says goodbye to the ISS before returning to Earth. Photo: Axiom Space

Axiom and SpaceX will conduct a live broadcast of the landing of the Dragon capsule, nicknamed Freedom, which will begin a few minutes before the scheduled landing. 

Earlier we reported on how the Virgin Galactic space plane successfully completed a test flight.

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