SpaceX brings astronauts back to Earth after six months of absence

In this photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom capsule crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off Florida on a return voyage from the International Space Station on Friday, October 14, 2022. Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP

Four astronauts returned to Earth in a SpaceX capsule on Friday, ending their nearly six-month mission on the space station with a splashdown in the Atlantic off Florida.

Wet and windy weather across Florida delayed their return home. SpaceX and NASA finally gave the green light on Friday, and the three Americans and an Italian left the International Space Station, their residence since April.

The capsule parachuted into the ocean just outside Jacksonville, Florida about five hours later. It carried NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, the first black woman to complete a long-term space flight, and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. SpaceX delivered their replacements last week.

Before checking out, the astronauts said they were looking forward to having a cold drink with ice, eating pizza and ice cream, taking a shower, enjoying nature, and of course reuniting with their families. NASA had planned to take them to Houston once they got off the SpaceX recovery ship and back on solid ground.

“Getting the first hugs when we get back will be really great,” Hines told reporters earlier in the week.

Three Americans, three Russians and one Japanese remain on board the space station.

  • SpaceX brings astronauts back to Earth after six months of absence

    In this image provided by NASA, NASA astronauts, from left, Jessica Watkins, Robert Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, right, sit inside the SpaceX Crew spacecraft Dragon Freedom aboard the SpaceX recovery ship Megan shortly after landing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, October 14, 2022. Lindgren, Hines, Watkins and Cristoforetti are returning after 170 days in space in space. scope of expeditions 67 and 68 aboard the International Space Station. Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP

  • SpaceX brings astronauts back to Earth after six months of absence

    NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins is helped out of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom spacecraft aboard the SpaceX recovery ship Megan after she, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, NASA astronaut Robert Hines, and NASA astronaut European Space Agency Samantha Cristoforetti, landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, October 14, 2022. Lindgren, Hines, Watkins and Cristoforetti are returning after 170 days in space as part of Expeditions 67 and 68 on board of the International Space Station. Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP

  • SpaceX brings astronauts back to Earth after six months of absence

    European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is helped out of the SpaceX crew’s Dragon Freedom spacecraft aboard the SpaceX recovery ship Megan after she and NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines and Jessica Watkins landed in Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. ., Friday 14 October 2022. Lindgren, Hines, Watkins and Cristoforetti are returning after 170 days in space as part of expeditions 67 and 68 aboard the International Space Station. Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP

  • SpaceX brings astronauts back to Earth after six months of absence

    NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren is helped out of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom spacecraft aboard the SpaceX recovery ship Megan after he, NASA astronaut Robert Hines, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, and NASA astronaut European Space Agency Samantha Cristoforetti, landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, October 14, 2022. Lindgren, Hines, Watkins and Cristoforetti are returning after 170 days in space as part of Expeditions 67 and 68 on board of the International Space Station. Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP

  • SpaceX brings astronauts back to Earth after six months of absence

    NASA astronaut Robert Hines is helped out of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom spacecraft aboard the SpaceX recovery ship Megan after he, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, and NASA astronaut ‘ESA (European Space Agency) Samantha Cristoforetti, landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida on Friday 14 October 2022. Lindgren, Hines, Watkins and Cristoforetti are returning after 170 days in space as part of Expeditions 67 and 68 aboard the International Space Station. Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP

  • SpaceX brings astronauts back to Earth after six months of absence

    In this photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom capsule approaches the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off Florida for splashdown on a return trip from the International Space Station on Friday, October 14, 2022, carrying astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines , Jessica Watkins and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP

  • SpaceX brings astronauts back to Earth after six months of absence

    In this photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom capsule approaches the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off Florida for splashdown on a return trip from the International Space Station on Friday, October 14, 2022, carrying astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines , Jessica Watkins and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA via AP


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