KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Four astronauts are now safely back on Earth.
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NASA and SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission splashed down off Florida’s gulf coast early Friday.
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Crew-3 returned in the SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance spacecraft, nearly 24 hours after undocking from the International Space Station.
The Crew-3 members were NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, as well as European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.
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NASA provided live coverage of Crew-3′s return to Earth, splashdown and recovery.
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Shortly after splashdown, the spacecraft was secured by teams in two fast boats and aboard a recovery ship.
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For the Crew-3 astronauts, this was their first time back on Earth in nearly six months.
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