They have already been replaced on April 28 by NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as Italian ESA representative Samantha Cristoforetti, on the Crew Dragon called Freedom.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon manned spacecraft with crew of the Crew-3 mission separated on Thursday from the International Space Station (ISS) and began returning to Earth.

The undocking of the ship called Endurance with four astronauts on board – Americans Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), representative of Germany Matthias Maurer – took place automatically at 01:20 East coast time (08:20 GMT). The crew moved inside the device two hours before. The landing of the device off the coast of Florida is scheduled for 00:43 local time on May 6.

The ship’s department completed the Crew-3 crew’s six-month watch at the station, where they arrived on November 11 last year. They have already been replaced on April 28 by NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as Italian ESA representative Samantha Cristoforetti, on the Crew Dragon called Freedom. This is the fourth rotation of the ISS crew from the American side as part of the astronaut delivery program to the station with the help of SpaceX. They will also have to spend six months on board the orbital complex.