Four astronauts back on Earth aboard a SpaceX capsule

After spending almost six months in space, three American astronauts and a German returned to Earth on Friday aboard a SpaceX capsule, which landed off the coast of Florida.

Detached from the International Space Station (ISS), the Dragon capsule, which carried the Americans Kayla Barron, Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn, as well as the astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA) Matthias Maurer, touched sea at 04:43 GMT after a journey of more than 23 hours.

On behalf of the entire SpaceX team, welcome home“, said an official of the American company.

This crew, called Crew-3, spent its last days aboard the ISS carrying out the handover with Crew-4, also made up of four astronauts (three Americans and one Italian).

The latter had taken off from Florida about a week ago, also with SpaceX.

Also currently on board the ISS are three Russians, who arrived for their departure with a Russian Soyuz rocket.

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