MZ Mission to the ISS Progress
Docking and arrival
Within a few hours of launch the Soyuz spacecraft, catches up with and docks with the International Space Station. This is a maneuver of balletic precision – two vehicles now traveling over 17,000 mph, 250 miles above the Earth’s surface, gently come together and create an air-tight seal.
Life on the ISS
While on the International Space Station, MZ and Yozo will share their reactions to living life in weightlessness.
Took a time lapse of Earth from the ISS window.— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) December 12, 2021
This is exactly an entire orbit around Earth. Breathtaking. pic.twitter.com/54L8lwdmLr
Made a hoodie that resembles my flight suit and brought it to space. It’s a piece that is filled with memories and gratitude. pic.twitter.com/YpSd6hCfvp— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) December 14, 2021
Undocking and departure ceremonies
After 10 days in space, having completed over 150 orbits of earth, and travelled nearly 4 million miles. MZ’s time in space will come to an end. He, Yozo and their mission commander will get back into their Soyuz spacecraft, undock from the ISS. In order to return to Earth they need to slow their vehicle down, which accomplished by a series of de-orbit burns of their spacecraft’s engines, before completing their landing under parachute in Kazakhstan.
Центр управления полетами: группа поддержки японского миллиардера обрадовалась при виде его эвакуации из спускаемого аппарата корабля #СоюзМС20 pic.twitter.com/wlj8r8P5ek— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) December 20, 2021
The three members aboard the Soyuz MS-20 crew ship landed back on Earth today around 10:13 pm ET completing an 11-day station mission. https://t.co/cHxruGmEfx— International Space Station (@Space_Station) December 20, 2021