SpaceX Crew-3 team start return to Earth Thursday, NASA says

SpaceX Crew-3 team start return to Earth Thursday, NASA says

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – NASA and SpaceX started bringing the Crew-3 team home Thursday from the International Space Station.

NASA Commercial Crew officials said the four Crew-3 astronauts undocked from the space station Thursday at 1:05 a.m. in a Dragon capsule and are expected to splashdown off the Florida coast at 12:37 a.m. on Friday.

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Weather will be a factor in when and where the splashdown will happen.

The Crew-3 team of NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket back in November and spent six months at the space station conducting science experiments, as well as maintenance.

The team is handing off its operations on the space station to the Crew-4 team, which arrived at the space station last Thursday after a successful liftoff from Kennedy Space Center Wednesday.

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