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Available Expert - NASA astronaut Drew Feustel returns to earth

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Queen’s University expert Mark Richardson is available to comment on NASA astronaut and Queen’s alumni Drew Feustel returning to Earth after 197 days aboard the International Space Station, during which he served as Commander. The change of command ceremony takes place today Wednesday, October 3, when Feustel will hand over station command to crew mate Alexander Gerst.

His landing in Kazakhstan is scheduled for 7:45 am EST and NASA will broadcast the reentry live.

“After six months in space, combining science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and space flight, and performing exciting science on physics, biology, and extended navigation relevant for future missions far from Earth, astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev are returning to Earth,” says Mr. Richardson. “But the trip isn’t a simple one of coming down to the surface. Instead, they’ll have to slow down by over 27,500 kilometres per hour or more than 20 times the speed of sound. This precision maneuver will take roughly three hours to prepare before that final 50-minute plunge through the Earth’s atmosphere and down to the surface.”

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