NASA’s Crew-6 has returned to Earth after a six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS), traveling nearly 79 million miles during their journey.
Mission overview: The Crew-6 mission involved two NASA astronauts, an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates, and a Russian cosmonaut.
* The team completed over 200 science experiments, ranging from human health studies to research on wave turbulence in space.
* They also conducted several spacewalks, upgrading the ISS power systems and installing new solar arrays.
Splashdown details: The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at 17,000 mph and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off Jacksonville, Florida.
* The heat shield endured temperatures hotter than 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit, before slowing to 15 mph under parachutes for a gentle landing.
Crew change: The four members of Crew-7, who arrived at the ISS in late August, have now taken over.
* They are expected to spend the next six months on the ISS, with a planned return in February 2024.
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