The Crew Dragon spacecraft with four Crew-3 mission astronauts undocked from the ISS on the morning of May 5 and began its journey to Earth. On Friday, May 6, it should be splashed down the coast of Florida.
Crew Dragon undocked from the ISS
On May 5, at 8.20 a.m. Kyiv time, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station. Four astronauts of the Crew-3 mission, who have been in orbit since November last year, are returning to Earth. It is planned that the splash down of the device near Florida will take place at 07.43 p.m. Kyiv time on Friday, May 5.
In the last six months, the astronauts have had a very busy program. They conducted hundreds of experiments and made three spacewalks. Also during its stay at the station, expedition pilot Thomas Marshburn served as the station commander.
Crew-3 and other expeditions
One of the main events on the ISS during Crew-3’s stay on it was the visit of its first private mission to Axiom. Four Ax-1 astronauts were supposed to be on board for two weeks, but due to bad weather at their landing site, the undocking was postponed for almost a week.
Because of this, there was a slight tension. After all, Crew-3 was supposed to leave the board only the next crew, Crew-4, got to the ISS. And it could not start by the return of Ax-1. But finally, all this complicated exchange of astronauts in orbit is completed and NASA and SpaceX specialists can breathe a sigh of relief.
However, the rest will not last long. After all, on May 19, the Starliner spacecraft from the Boeing company will go on the second unmanned flight. It seems that soon American astronauts will constantly have several spacecraft that are in orbit or ready to go into space.
According to www.space.com
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