After 6 months in space, Crew-2 crewmen return to Earth

A Dragon capsule from the SpaceX company brought the four astronauts from the Crew-2 space mission back to Earth on Monday, who spent six months on the International Space Station (ISS) carrying out scientific tasks.

NASA and SpaceX reported that the capsule fell off the coast of Florida at 22.33:03.33 p.m. local time (XNUMX GMT), as planned, EFE highlights.

On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide, from the JAXA space agency, and the French Thomas Pesquet, from the European Space Agency (ESA).

About eight hours earlier, at 19.05 GMT, the process of separating the International Space Station to travel to Earth had begun.

NASA decided this Sunday to postpone a little more than 24 hours the process of separating the capsule, called Endeavor, from which it has been its home since April due to weather conditions.

For now, the US agency maintains for Wednesday night the launch, from the Kennedy Space Center (Florida), of the Crew-3 mission, which will take over and will also remain on the ISS for six months.

The new mission will bring four astronauts aboard a new Dragon capsule to the orbital laboratory: Commander Raja Chari, pilot Tom Marshburn, NASA mission specialist Kayla Barron, and ESA German scientist Matthias Maurer.

The members of the international Crew-2 mission returned to the planet with more than 530 pounds of scientific material.

Crew-2 is the second of six manned missions to and from the ISS that Elon Musk's firm will carry out under a contract with NASA for the dispatch of astronauts from US soil, which had not been carried out since the end of the shuttle program in 2011. EFE



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