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SpaceX astronaut flights for NASA: Crew-3 landing updates

Read the latest news about SpaceX's Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station for NASA.

The SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts (from left to right), ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari and Kayla Barron.
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SpaceX has launched astronauts to the International Space Station and returned them to Earth for NASA since 2020. The company's current astronaut missions for NASA are Crew-3 and Crew-4 , which lifted off before dawn on April 27.

The Crew-3 astronauts, NASA's Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and Matthias Maurer, will return to Earth early Friday, May 6, at 12:43 a.m. EDT (0443 GMT) to end a 6-month mission. 

See full coverage of SpaceX's Crew-3 landing and return from the International Space Station here.

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Crew-3 splashes down safely

SpaceX's Crew-3 astronaut mission returned to Earth after nearly six months in orbit early Friday morning (May 6), splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast right on schedule at 12:43 a.m. EDT (0443 GMT). Read our story here.

SpaceX Crew-3 Dragon Endurance headed home

The SpaceX Dragon capsule Endurance, carrying the Crew-3 astronauts, undocks from the International Space Station on May 5, 2022.  (Image credit: NASA TV)

SpaceX's Crew-Dragon Endurance is headed back to Earth to return four astronauts home from the International Space Station for NASA and the European Space Agency. 

The Dragon Endurance capsule undocked from the space station today, May 5, at 1:20 a.m. EDT (0520 GMT) to begin a day-long trip home. The spacecraft is expected to splash down in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Florida coast, at 12:43 a.m. EDT (0443 GMT). 

Endurance is returning SpaceX's Crew-3 astronaut mission for NASA back to Earth. The mission, which launched in November 2021, ferried NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer to the station for a six-month trip. 

You can watch the SpaceX Crew-3 landing live online, courtesy of NASA TV. NASA is providing live coverage through the landing now.

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