Friday, October 14, 2022

NASA's SpaceX Crew-4 Return Safely to Earth | International Space Station

NASA's SpaceX Crew-4 Return Safely to Earth | International Space Station

NASA Astronaut Jessica Watkins

ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti

NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren

NASA Astronaut Robert Hines

SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom spacecraft lands

NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, as well as European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy splashed down safely in the SpaceX Dragon Freedom in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, on October 14, 2022, at 4:55 p.m. EDT after 170 days in space.

Teams on the Megan recovery ship, including two fast boats, now are in the process of securing Dragon and ensuring the spacecraft is safe for the recovery effort. As the fast boat teams complete their work, the recovery ship will move into position to hoist Dragon onto the main deck of Megan with the astronauts inside. Once on the main deck, the crew will be taken out of the spacecraft and receive medical checks before a helicopter ride to Jacksonville to board a plane for Houston.

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Release Date: October 14, 2022

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