SpaceX NASA Crew-3 mission shot down, completed 6th astronaut flight

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon’s Endurance capsule crashes in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida on May 6, 2022.


SpaceX returned the astronauts of NASA’s Crew-3 mission to Earth early Friday morning, marking the sixth human flight the company has completed to date.

Crew Dragon’s Endurance capsule crashes off the coast of Tampa in the Gulf of Mexico.

“On behalf of the entire SpaceX team, welcome home,” Sarah Gillis, chief executive engineer at SpaceX, said on a webcast after the splash. “It’s been an honor to support you on your mission, Endurance crew, and thank you for flying SpaceX.”

“It was an amazing trip,” said 3rd Crew Commander Raja Chari.

Crew-3 spent 177 days in space, with nearly all of that time spent on the International Space Station. The SpaceX mission carried a group of four people: NASA astronauts Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.

From left to right: ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari and Kayla Barron inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft after the collision on May 6, 2022.

Aubrey Gemignani | NASA

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