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Marcus Wandt returns to Earth after his first spaceflight

Written by  Friday, 09 February 2024 11:30
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Axiom Mission 3 splashdown

After 20 days in space, ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt returned to Earth today at 13:30 GMT/14:30 CET, marking the end of his Muninn mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Two Scandinavians in space
Two Scandinavians in space

The Ax-3 crew closed the hatch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at at 12:25 GMT/ 13:25 CET on 7 February. The spacecraft undocked autonomously from the Space Station two hours later, at 14:20 GMT/15:20 CET. By that time, Marcus completed about 288 orbits around Earth.

Marcus served as a mission specialist during the journey, sharing the ride with Walter Villadei from Italy, Alper Gezeravcı from Türkiye and Michael López-Alegría, a dual US-Spanish citizen.

After completing a series of burns to lower its orbit, the spacecraft entered Earth’s atmosphere and deployed its parachutes for a water-landing. Marcus and crew splashed down off the coast of Florida, USA, on 9 February at 13:30 GMT/14:30 CET. The trip back to our home planet took them about 47 hours.

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