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NASA’s Crew 3 Astronauts Landed in the Gulf of Mexico

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Nasa's Crew 3 Astronauts Landed In The Gulf Of Mexico

NASA astronaut Kayla Barron is helped out of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft, which landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida, early Friday. NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Barron return to Earth after 177 days in space as part of Expeditions 66 and 67 on the International Space Station with European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer. Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA

ORLANDO, Fla., May 5 (UPI) — After a 24-hour delay to ensure weather conditions in the Atlantic Ocean, NASA’s Crew-3 returned to Earth on Friday with a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

Raja Chari, Kayla Barron and Tom Marshburn of NASA and Mathias Maurer of Germany plummeted into their Dragon Endurance capsule at 12:43 p.m. EDT.

“We’re happy to be back,” Chari told the SpaceX team at mission control. “Thanks for letting us take Endurance on a shakedown cruise, look forward to seeing many more Endurance flights in the future. It was a great ride.”

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Crew-3’s departure was supported for a day as officials worked to better understand weather conditions in the planned splashdown areas, with forecasters finally calling everyone to undock from the International Space Station on Wednesday. made clear.

SpaceX and NASA engineers monitored the forecast until it was time for a de-orbit burn to slow the spacecraft down to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.

Engineers selected the splashdown site from seven possible locations based on weather and oceanic states as the capsule approached the ideal site for landing off the coast of Cape Canaveral.

After the splashdown, recovery teams were deployed to get the capsule out of the water. The crew was then evacuated and sent via helicopter to Cape Canaveral.

The crew said goodbye to the seven astronauts left on the ISS before boarding the Endurance spacecraft and undocking from the station at 1:05 a.m. EDT.

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After removing itself from the ISS on Thursday, Endurance spent about 23-and-a-half hours in space before collapsing into the ocean on Friday.

Crew-3 launched to the space station on November 10 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and arrived at the ISS the next day to begin its six-month mission.

After welcoming a private crew of astronauts to the ISS for the first time, after spending 16 days with Axiom Space’s X-1 crew, Crew-3 welcomes the astronauts who will take charge for them – Crew – 4 – And spent the final week getting them to accelerate the science work already in progress.

NASA’s Crew-4 – Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins, and Bob Hines and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency – flew to the space station on April 27 for their six-month mission.

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