Thursday, May 05, 2022

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 Undock from International Space Station

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 Undock from International Space Station

The Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance, carrying European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer and NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron, undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, May 5, 2022. The autonomous undocking marked the start of Crew-3’s return to Earth after almost six months in orbit. 

Crew-3’s return will take approximately 23.5 hours. Their spacecraft will splash down off the coast of Florida in the United States, where ships will be waiting to bring it aboard and welcome the astronauts home. 

This return also marks the end of Matthias’s first space mission, Cosmic Kiss. During his time on ISS, Matthias supported over 35 European and many more international experiments in microgravity. He also supported International Space Station operations and maintenance and performed a spacewalk with NASA astronaut Raja Chari on March 23, 2022. 

After initial medical checks, Crew-3 crew members will be transported by helicopter to shore where a plane will be waiting to bring Matthias back to ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, for his post-flight debriefings and rehabilitation. 

More info on Cosmic Kiss here:

The return timeline with approximate times (all times Eastern):

Thursday, May 5

11:48 p.m.    Trunk jettison

11:53 p.m.    Deorbit burn

Friday, May 6

12:04 p.m.    Nosecone closed

12:43 a.m.    Dragon splashdown

NASA will continue to provide live coverage until Endurance splashes down off the coast of Florida and the Crew-3 astronauts are recovered off the coast of Florida. NASA TV:

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission launched Nov. 10, 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and docked to the International Space Station Nov. 11, 2021.

Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Duration: 2 minutes, 34 seconds
Release Date: May 5, 2022

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