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Good news! Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA, flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos touched down southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan the three returning crew members spent 186 days in space.

Video from NASA

The crew completed the in-flight portion of NASA human research studies in ocular health, cognition, salivary markers and microbiome and part of the research looked like it was a little fun too:

Fun for Tim Kopra that is, I don’t think I could handle the “Tim Peake Twirl“.

Splashdown for Dragon


Very nice job on the round trip SpaceX!

From SpaceX:

Dragon successfully splashed down at 11:31 am PT in the Pacific Ocean, completing the Commercial Resupply Services 8 (CRS 8) mission which began with the liftoff of Falcon 9 and Dragon back on April 8th. Dragon delivered nearly 7,000 lbs of cargo and returned more than 3,700 lbs of cargo, including 1,300 lbs of science. Dragon is the only operational spacecraft capable of both delivering and returning significant amounts of cargo to and from the International Space Station.

SpaceX Launch Replay

This is the long version.

You may also remember SpaceX is landed the rocket on a ship in April. This time they attempted it again:

Elon Musk “Rocket reentry is a lot faster and hotter than last time, so odds of making it are maybe even, but we should learn a lot either way”.

The attempt was a success! A reusable rocket is reality.

Ready for Launch


The Sentinel-1B is shown here being placed in a fairing in preparation for launch tomorrow 22 April 2016.

Sentinel-1B will join Sentinel-1 providing radar images of Earth for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring program.

Launch Date: 22 April 2016
Launch Location: French Guiana
Launch Time: 21:02 GMT / 23:02 CEST / 17:02 EDT
Live Coverage: YES via ESA – coverage starts at: 20:10 GMT / 22:10 CEST / 16:10 EDT.