China News Agency, San Francisco, May 6th. On the 6th Eastern Time, four astronauts participating in the space mission codenamed "Crew-3" returned to Earth successfully on the SpaceX manned "Dragon" spacecraft, ending their nearly half-year space life.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on its official website that in the early morning of the 6th local time, the SpaceX manned "Dragon" spacecraft landed in the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA astronauts Raja Charlie, Tom Mashburn, Kayla Barron and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer's 177-day science mission to the International Space Station has come to an end.
On November 10, 2021, the "Dragon" spacecraft lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, sending astronauts participating in the Crew-3 mission into space.
According to the US space website Space.com, astronauts have carried out hundreds of scientific experiments in space.
In addition, in order to maintain and upgrade the space station, they conducted 3 spacewalks.
After returning to Earth, the astronauts will also provide physiological data for research in fields such as space medicine.
The "Dragon" spacecraft is the first manned spacecraft built by a private company in the United States to transport astronauts to and from the space station.
The spacecraft will launch astronauts on the Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions into space in November 2020 and April 2021, respectively.