A stunning image shared by NASA shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft on the International Space Station (ISS) just days before it carries the Crew-3 astronauts home.
The crew ship Endurance is shown from a window aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor capsule, which earlier this month carried NASA’s first paying astronauts to the ISS in the Ax-1 mission organized by Texas-based Axiom Space.
NASA and SpaceX are gearing up for a busy few days on the space station.
The Crew 3 astronauts – Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, along with the European Space Agency’s Matthias Maurer – will return to Earth later this month.
But before that, on Saturday, Crew-3 will bid farewell to NASA’s paid visitors who arrived on the ISS on April 9. The Ax-1 mission was originally scheduled to last 10 days but was extended by five days after poor conditions The splash zone off the Florida coast forced NASA to delay departure.
Crew-3 will also welcome the Crew-4 astronauts who are scheduled to arrive on the ISS in the middle of next week.
Chari, Marshburn, Barron and Maurer recently spoke to reporters on Earth about the highlights of their six-month stint aboard the orbiting outpost during a special Q&A session.
During their time in space, the four astronauts were involved in hundreds of experiments and technology demonstrations, and also participated in spacewalks involving maintenance and upgrade work.
NASA’s busy planning phase on the ISS was made possible by SpaceX’s successful development of its reusable space transportation hardware, which first flew astronauts in a successful test flight in the summer of 2020.
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