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In Pics: NASA Crew-3 returns to earth after six months on ISS

The SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft with NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, as well as European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer undocked from the orbital laboratory overnight.

May 06, 2022 / 12:54 PM IST
NASA's Crew-3 mission returned home to Earth on May 5 after six months aboard the International Space Station. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
NASA's Crew-3 mission returned home to earth on May 5 after six months aboard the International Space Station. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
The SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft with NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, as well as European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer undocked from the orbital laboratory overnight. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
The SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft with NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, as well as European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer undocked from the orbital laboratory overnight. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
Their 23.5 hour journey back saw them splash down off the coast of Florida at 12:43 am on May 6. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
Their 23.5 hour journey back saw them splash down off the coast of Florida at 12:43 am on May 6. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
They leave behind the one Italian and three American astronauts of Crew-4, and three Russian cosmonauts. Ahead of departure, Marshburn handed command of the station over to Russian Oleg Artemyev. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
They leave behind the one Italian and three American astronauts of Crew-4, and three Russian cosmonauts. Ahead of departure, Marshburn handed command of the station over to Russian Oleg Artemyev. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
During their mission, Crew-3 carried out hundreds of scientific experiments, including growing chiles in space to add to knowledge of cultivating crops on long term missions, exploring how concrete hardens in space, and Earth monitoring. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
During their mission, Crew-3 carried out hundreds of scientific experiments, including growing chilies in space to add to knowledge of cultivating crops on long term missions, exploring how concrete hardens in space, and Earth monitoring. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
"Every day on @Space_Station is #EarthDay for @NASA_Astronauts since we see how thin the precious layer is that protects everything we know & love as a human race. Hopefully, @NASA research will help w/ H20 purification & carbon dioxide reductions but the rest is up to us," Crew-3 commander Chari wrote in a tweet. (Image: Twitter @Astro_Raja)
"Every day on @Space_Station is #EarthDay for @NASA_Astronauts since we see how thin the precious layer is that protects everything we know & love as a human race. Hopefully, @NASA research will help w/ H20 purification & carbon dioxide reductions but the rest is up to us," Crew-3 commander Chari wrote in a tweet. (Image: Twitter @Astro_Raja)
Chancellor Olaf Scholz wished Maurer, the 12th German in space, "a good and safe journey back with a soft landing," thanking him on Twitter for "all the new discoveries in space that are so important for us here on Earth." (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
Chancellor Olaf Scholz wished Maurer, the 12th German in space, "a good and safe journey back with a soft landing," thanking him on Twitter for "all the new discoveries in space that are so important for us here on Earth." (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
Crew-3's expedition came at an increasingly busy time for commercial space. They welcomed aboard a private crew that included three wealthy businessmen that came and went on another SpaceX Crew Dragon, as well as a Japanese mission that flew on a Soyuz aircraft to the Russian segment. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
Crew-3's expedition came at an increasingly busy time for commercial space. They welcomed aboard a private crew that included three wealthy businessmen that came and went on another SpaceX Crew Dragon, as well as a Japanese mission that flew on a Soyuz aircraft to the Russian segment. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
The ISS now awaits docking with an uncrewed Boeing Starliner capsule, which is set to launch from Florida on May 19. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
The ISS now awaits docking with an uncrewed Boeing Starliner capsule, which is set to launch from Florida on May 19. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
NASA is looking to certify a second company to ferry astronauts to the region of space called Low Earth Orbit, leaving it to develop its super heavy space launch system (SLS) rocket for missions to the Moon, and eventually Mars. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
NASA is looking to certify a second company to ferry astronauts to the region of space called low earth orbit, leaving it to develop its super heavy space launch system rocket for missions to the moon, and eventually Mars. (Image: NASA TV via AFP)
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first published: May 6, 2022 12:54 pm
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