Space tourists on first private trip to International Space Station successfully return to Earth

After several weeks, the crew of the first private tourist trip to space has successfully returned to Earth. The return of the millionaire astronauts had to be postponed for several days due to the weather situation. Finally the three businessmen, who paid 50 million dollars each to go on the mission, and the Spanish astronaut, Michael Lopez-Alegria, have returned from the International Space Station (ISS).

They spent 17 days in orbit at an altitude of 400 kilometers. The members of the expedition were the American Larry Connor, owner of a real estate investment emporium; the Canadian Mark Pathy, former CEO of the cargo ship company Fednav; and the Israeli Eytan Stibbe, co-founder of a company linked in the past to arms sales, LR Group. They arrived in the waters off the coast of Florida, in the United States, last Monday at 13:00 hours (local time).

They landed in a capsule belonging to Elon Musk’s U.S. company Space X. The expedition was organized by the U.S. company Axion Space, where López-Alegría is vice-president. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft of the Axiom-1 mission undocked from the ISS on Sunday at 13:10 GMT to reach the planet.

The pilot Lopez-Alegria wrote last April 21 a message asking for peace on his social networks: “Going into space is an incredible adventure, but above all it offers perspective, in the most literal sense. You see the world differently and come home with a new frame of reference: a new way of seeing the world. We are all much more alike than we are different.”

SpaceX and Axiom have indicated that this is a historic milestone. It is the sixth manned space flight Space X has launched in two years. Benji Reed, director of human spaceflight programs at SpaceX, explained that engineers were already reviewing the data collected during the Axiom-1 mission to make sure there were no problems that could affect the Crew-4 launch.

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