The third team of long-serving astronauts launched by SpaceX to the International Space Station (ISS) returned safely to Earth Friday morning (6/5) morning, landing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. They ended months of orbital research, from growing chili peppers to robotic research.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule carrying three NASA astronauts and a European Space Agency (ESA) crew from Germany parachuted into the calm sea in the dark at the end of a more than 23-hour return flight from the ISS.
The landing at around 4.45 GMT was broadcast live via webcast with NASA-SpaceX.
The crew of Endurance, which began living in orbit on November 11, consists of veteran American astronaut Tom Marshburn, 61, and three other first-timers to space – NASA astronauts Raja Chari, 44, and Kayla Barron, 34, and their colleagues. from ESA Matthias Maurer, 52.
Camera footage from inside the crew compartment showed the astronauts strapped to their seats, wearing black and white spacesuits and helmets.
It took less than an hour for the landing response team to reach the capsule bobbing in the water, hoist it onto the ship’s deck and open the hatch so the astronauts could take their first breath of fresh air in nearly six months. [uh/ab]
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