Following a brief period as a nine-member crew onboard the International Space Station (ISS), three of its orbital outpost explorers will be heading home in the early hours of Thursday. Riding onboard Soyuz MS-12 is Alexey Ovchinin and Nick Hague, joined by short-stay spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori.
While Hague and Ovchinin are completing a 203-day mission, spanning 3,248 orbits of Earth, and a journey of 80.8 million miles, Almansoori is wrapping up an eight-day stay on the station that covered 128 orbits of Earth and 3.1 million miles.
Hague is completing his second flight in space totaling 203 days, while Ovchinin will have logged 375 days in space on his third flight at the time of landing.
Alexey and I got back in our Sokol suits today to perform leak checks and prepare for our return to Earth…last Friday on @Space_Station! #FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/K3Q4br0cB4
— Nick Hague (@AstroHague) September 27, 2019
However, this was the first actual trip to the ISS for Hague, after he and Ovchinin first flew together on an abbreviated mission in October 2018, cut short by one of the four boosters failing to separate properly and striking the vehicle triggering an ascent abort minutes after launch. ...