Friday, December 2

Tag: International Space Station

Four SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts undock from space station, head for early Friday splashdown off Florida
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Four SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts undock from space station, head for early Friday splashdown off Florida

Four long-duration space station astronauts bid their lab crewmates farewell and undocked from the International Space Station early Thursday, setting off for a scheduled pre-dawn splashdown off the coast of Florida on Friday morning to close out a 176-day mission.SpaceX Crew-3 commander Raja Chari, pilot Thomas Marshburn, submariner-turned-astronaut Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer strapped into their ferry ship — the Crew Dragon Endurance — and backed away from the outpost at 1:05 a.m. EDT Thursday. The Crew Dragon Endurance, carrying commander Raja Chari, pilot Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, undocked and backed away from the International Space Station early Thursday, setting up ...
Four space station astronauts prep for overnight undocking, early Friday splashdown
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Four space station astronauts prep for overnight undocking, early Friday splashdown

Four long-duration space station astronauts packed up their Crew Dragon capsule Wednesday, bid their lab crewmates a formal farewell and set their sights on an overnight undocking and splashdown off the coast of Florida early Friday to close out a 176-day mission.Pending a final weather check, SpaceX Crew-3 commander Raja Chari, pilot Thomas Marshburn, submariner-turned-astronaut Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer planned to strap into their ferry ship and undock from the outpost around 1:05 a.m. EDT Thursday.Because of the station's position in its orbit relative to the Gulf of Mexico landing zone, the astronauts will have to spend nearly a full day cooped up inside the SpaceX capsule before they'll be in the right place, at the right time, to drop ou...