SpaceX Splashdown: Crew-7 Astronauts Return Home After 6 Months on ISS

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, carrying the astronauts, made a smooth descent through the darkened sky

Four astronauts, hailing from different countries, wrapped up their six-month stint aboard the International Space Station (ISS) by hitching a ride back to Earth on a SpaceX spacecraft. Their journey concluded with a successful re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, visible as they streaked across the skies of the Midwest and Southern United States in the early hours of the morning. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, carrying the astronauts, made a smooth descent through the darkened sky before splashing down gently in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida, signaling the end of their exciting adventure.

Astronauts return to earth

The crew, which included NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli as mission commander, Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency, Satoshi Furukawa from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Russian cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov, brought a mix of experience levels to their mission. While it was the first journey to space for Moghbeli and Borisov, Furukawa and Mogensen added another successful spaceflight to their resumes.

During their time aboard the ISS, the crew conducted over 200 experiments aimed at exploring various aspects of life in space. This included groundbreaking research on immune function using real-time blood sample monitoring, as well as testing specialized membranes to purify wastewater, crucial for future long-term space missions.

Crew-7 astronauts

As the Crew-8 mission takes over responsibilities at the ISS, continuing vital scientific research and operations, the collaboration between nations in space exploration remains strong. This rotation is part of NASA's Commercial Crew program, which relies on partnerships with commercial companies for crew transportation following the retirement of the space shuttle fleet in 2011. Looking ahead, excitement mounts for Boeing's Starliner capsule, which is set to embark on its inaugural crewed flight in May, marking yet another milestone in humanity's journey beyond Earth's boundaries.