June 10, 2023

Splashdown! NASA SpaceX Crew-3 Astronauts Safely Return to Earth

NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer returned to Earth in a parachute-assisted splashdown at 12:43 a.m. EDT. After returning to coast, the astronauts will fly back to NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston.
” NASAs collaboration with SpaceX has actually once again empowered us to provide a crew securely to the space station and back, allowing groundbreaking science that will assist our astronauts take a trip further out into the cosmos than ever before. The Crew-3 objective released on November 10, 2021, on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. From left to right, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthais Maurer, NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron, are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft onboard the SpaceX Shannon recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida, Friday, May 6, 2022.

Parachutes slow the descent of the Dragon Endurance spacecraft bring NASA and ESA astronauts from the SpaceX Crew-3 objective. Credit: NASA
NASAs SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts aboard the Dragon Endurance spacecraft securely sprinkled down Friday in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, finishing the companys third long-duration industrial crew mission to the International Space Station. The international team of 4 spent 177 days in orbit.
NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer went back to Earth in a parachute-assisted splashdown at 12:43 a.m. EDT. Groups aboard SpaceX healing vessels recuperated the spacecraft and astronauts. After returning to shore, the astronauts will fly back to NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The SpaceX Dragon Endurance team ship go back to Earth in the Gulf of Mexico for a nighttime splashdown with 4 business team astronauts inside. Credit: NASA
” NASAs collaboration with SpaceX has actually again empowered us to deliver a crew safely to the area station and back, allowing groundbreaking science that will help our astronauts travel farther out into the cosmos than ever previously. This objective is just another example that we are genuinely in the golden age of industrial spaceflight,” stated NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “Kayla, Raja, Tom, and Matthias, thank you for your service and welcome home!”

The Crew-3 mission released on November 10, 2021, on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Nearly 24-hours after liftoff, November 11, Endurance docked to the Harmony modules forward space station port. The astronauts undocked from the exact same port at 1:05 a.m. May 5, to start the trip house.
From delegated right, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthais Maurer, NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron, are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft onboard the SpaceX Shannon recovery ship shortly after having actually landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida, Friday, May 6, 2022. Maurer, Marshburn, Chari, and Barron are returning after 177 days in area as part of Expeditions 66 and 67 aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
Barron, Chari, Marshburn, and Maurer took a trip 75,060,792 miles during their mission, spent 175 days aboard the area station, and finished 2,832 orbits around Earth. Marshburn has actually logged 339 days in area over his three flights. The Crew-3 objective was the very first spaceflight for Barron, Chari, and Maurer.
Throughout their mission, the Crew-3 astronauts added to a host of science and upkeep activities and technology demonstrations. In addition, they performed three spacewalks to perform station maintenance and upgrades outside the spaceport station. This brought the total variety of spacewalks for Marshburn to 5, while Chari and Barron have actually each finished two, and Maurer one.
NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron in addition to ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, returned to Earth for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Florida on May 6, 2022, completing their six-month mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance clinical knowledge and show brand-new innovations for future human and robotic expedition flights as part of NASAs Moon and Mars expedition method, consisting of lunar objectives through NASAs Artemis program. Credit: NASA
Crew-3 developed on previous work investigating how fibers grow in microgravity, used hydroponic and aeroponic strategies to grow plants without soil or other growth material, captured imagery of their retinas as part of an investigation that could identify eye changes of astronauts in area automatically in the future, and carried out a demonstration of technology that supplies measurements of biological indicators associated with illness and infection, among many other scientific examinations. The astronauts took numerous images of Earth as part of the Crew Earth Observation investigation, among the longest-running examinations aboard the space station, which assists track natural catastrophes and changes to our house planet.
Stamina will return to Florida for examination and processing at SpaceXs Dragon Lair, where groups will analyze the spacecrafts information and performance throughout the flight.
The Crew-3 flight belongs to NASAs Commercial Crew Program and its return to Earth follows on the heels of NASAs SpaceX Crew-4 launch, which docked to the station April 27, beginning another science exploration.
The goal of NASAs Commercial Crew Program is safe, dependable, and affordable transport to and from the International Space Station. This already has actually supplied additional research study time and has actually increased the chance for discovery aboard humankinds microgravity testbed for exploration, consisting of helping NASA get ready for human expedition of the Moon and Mars.