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Sat Sep 7, 2019, 07:59 PM

Unpiloted Russian Soyuz Capsule Returns to Earth with Humanoid on Board

By Tariq Malik - Space.com Managing Editor 10 hours ago

An uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft returned to Earth Friday (Sept. 6), bringing a humanoid robot home and wrapping up a first-of-its-kind test flight to the International Space Station.

The Soyuz MS-14 space capsule landed at 5:32 p.m. EDT (2132 GMT) Friday on the steppes of south-central Kazakhstan, where the local time was 3:32 a.m. EDT on Saturday. Sitting inside the spacecraft was no human crew. Instead, the Soyuz carried the humanoid robot Skybot F-850 and other Russian spaceflight gear.

"Landing occurred about 87 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan," NASA officials wrote in an update. "Roscosmos personnel are on-site and have recovered the vehicle for postflight analysis."

Soyuz MS-14 is the first uncrewed Soyuz spacecraft ever to visit the International Space Station. The three-person vehicles have typically been used to ferry human crews to and from the orbiting laboratory over the years.


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