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Astronauts, without a toilet, return to Earth after 200 days

Astronauts, without a toilet, return to Earth after 200 days

The four astronauts who left for the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX rocket at the end of April have returned to Earth. Just after 4:30 AM Dutch time, their capsule landed in the Gulf of Mexico in calm waters near the US state of Florida.

The quartet’s return was postponed for one day due to bad weather. Moreover, on the eight-hour return flight, the toilet in the capsule did not work, forcing the crew to wear diapers.

The crew – Americans, Japanese and French – spent 200 days on the International Space Station. During their mission, they worked on the station’s solar panels and conducted all kinds of experiments, including growing hot peppers and studying worms.

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Their four substitutes will likely depart for the International Space Station tomorrow evening. In fact, they were supposed to travel to the space station before the other astronauts returned, but NASA changed the schedule due to bad weather and an unknown medical issue with one of the astronauts.

It will be launched from Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida. They are also scheduled to stay on the space station for six months.

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