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NASA, JAXA, and Roscosmos Astronauts Crew-5 Return Home, End Five-Month Stay in Space

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Four NASA astronauts from the Crew-5 team who went abroad to the International Space Station are safely back home from a five-month stay in space.

The Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Crew Dragon capsule left the space station at 2:20 am ET.

The spacecraft maneuvered back toward Earth, splashing down the crew in the Gulf of Mexico.

Later, the spacecraft flew back into the atmosphere for a landing off the coast of Florida around 9 pm ET Saturday.

Rescue ships were ready to haul the capsule out of the ocean, giving those astronauts their first fresh air in nearly 160 days.

The four crew members are NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, cosmonaut Anna Kikina of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and astronaut Koichi Wakata of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).

The crew launched to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX capsule last October.

They spent the last few months conducting research experiments and controlling the maintenance of the orbiting laboratory.

Hence, leading up to their departure, they had been handing off operations to the Crew-6 team, which arrived at the International Space Station on March 3.

This journey marked the first trip for Cassada, Mann, and Kikina.

Meanwhile, this trip was the fifth spaceflight mission for Japanese astronaut Wakata.

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Reananda Hidayat Permono
Reananda Hidayat Permono
Completed his Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

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