SpaceX mission returns from space station with ex-NASA astronaut, 3 paying customers

A SpaceX capsule with four astronauts, including an ex-NASA astronaut and three paying customers, returned from the International Space Station, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico.

The mission: The nine-day mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and docked at the International Space Station.
* The crew conducted medical research, public outreach, and more than 20 experiments.

Notable crew member: Former NASA veteran Peggy Whitson extended her record-setting time in space, totaling 674 days in orbit, the most of any American or woman.
* Whitson also moved into ninth overall for total duration, passing Russia’s Fyodor Yurchikin.

Axiom Space’s role: This was Axiom Space’s second privately funded human mission to dock at the International Space Station.
* Axiom flew the first all-civilian mission to the ISS in April 2022, which lasted 17 days.
* The company aims to eventually build and operate the world’s first commercial space station, Axiom Station.

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