SpaceX Crew-3 team start return to Earth Thursday, NASA says

Dragon undock from the ISS Thursday morning

In this Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 photo provided by NASA, from left, European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer of Germany, and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron gather for a photo after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has bumped its next astronaut flight for NASA until Wednesday, Nov. 3, because of rough wind and waves offshore. Four astronauts were supposed to blast off from Florida early Sunday morning on a six-month mission to the International Space Station. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP) (Joel Kowsky, (NASA/Joel Kowsky) For copyright and restrictions refer to -

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – NASA and SpaceX started bringing the Crew-3 team home Thursday from the International Space Station.

NASA Commercial Crew officials said the four Crew-3 astronauts undocked from the space station Thursday at 1:05 a.m. in a Dragon capsule and are expected to splashdown off the Florida coast at 12:37 a.m. on Friday.

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Weather will be a factor in when and where the splashdown will happen.

The Crew-3 team of NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket back in November and spent six months at the space station conducting science experiments, as well as maintenance.

The team is handing off its operations on the space station to the Crew-4 team, which arrived at the space station last Thursday after a successful liftoff from Kennedy Space Center Wednesday.

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