|After about six months aboard the International Space Station, the astronauts of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission have come home. |
The four crew members – NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari (seen above), and Tom Marshburn, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer – travelled back to Earth inside SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance spacecraft, splashing down off the coast of Florida at 12:43 a.m. EDT (4:43 UTC) on Friday, May 6.
During their time aboard the orbiting laboratory, the Crew-3 astronauts contributed to hundreds of scientific investigations and technology demonstrations, including growing chiles, studying cotton, and performing the first archaeological study on the station.
This valuable research helps to prepare humans for future space exploration missions while generating numerous innovations and benefits for humanity on Earth. Take a look at some of the scientific milestones accomplished during the Crew-3 mission: