Upon arrival, a variety of repairs had to be executed and with the help of American astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Japanese Aerospace Exploration flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide they accomplished their most important missions. “The recently returned crew did have some difficulties. They conducted three spacewalks to repair some critical components on the outside of the station, and did some troubleshooting and repairs on one of the two toilet systems on the space station inside,” explained Kelly O. Humphries, News Chief at the NASA Johnson Space Center, to the Voice of Russia.
More than a month ago, ground experts figured out the pivotal issue with
Not only have repairs been taken care of throughout this treacherous expedition, but these astronauts have also helped support over
Following their arrival to Earth this past Sunday, the three space explorers were greeted with a warm welcome from the people of Kazakhstan at the airport in Kostanay. In a
For now, the next expedition is right around the corner. “Expedition 34 is currently on the International Space Station, a crew of three led by NASA astronaut Kevin Ford. They will be joined by three more crew members, who will launch on a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on December 19,” said Humphries. In hopes that each expedition will lead to a greater understanding and discovery about the universe, the astronauts who recently landed have given a substantial amount of support to the others who are still at the ISS.