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    NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Splashdown: ISS Crew Members Earth Returned

    Alexander Johnson

    By Alexander Johnson - Mar 12, 2024 | Updated On: 24 May, 2024 | 2 min read

    By Alexander Johnson , 2 min read - Mar 12, 2024

    Updated On: 24 May, 2024

    NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Splashdown. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Stafford and Robert Markowitz.

  • Did you know SpaceX Crew-7? It is the operational NASA Commercial Crew flight on the seventh position of the Crew Dragon Spacecraft. The mission was launched in August 2023.

    After more than six months, the NASA SpaceX Crew-7 splashdown happened on March 12, EDT, around 5:50 am. So, let’s look at the primary crew members and their return.

    Meet NASA Commercial Crew Flight Members

    Jasmin Moghbeli – She is an astronaut. She works at NASA and is also a United States Marine Corps test pilot. She was the spacecraft commander of the expedition on her first spaceflight.

  • Andreas Mogensen – Mogensen is an ESA astronaut and engineer from Denmark. He was the pilot in his second spaceflight.

    NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Splashdown

    NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Splashdown. Image Credit: AndreasSchepers.

    Satoshi Furukawa: Furukawa is an astronaut from JAXA. He is also a Japanese surgeon. He was the Mission Specialist 1 of the expedition in his second spaceflight.

    Konstantin Borisov: Borisov is a Russian test cosmonaut. He was the Mission Specialist 2 of Expedition in his first spaceflight.

    NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Splashdown – A Safe Return

    At 5:50 am EDT (0950 UTC), Crew-7’s Endurance splashed down off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. The rescue crew arrived at the capsule three minutes later, with thermal cameras monitoring the recovery activities.

  • NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Splashdown

    NASA SpaceX Crew-7 Splashdown. Image Credit: NASA Headquarters.

    The recovery crew inspected the parachutes that guided Endurance back to Earth for pyrotechnic residues and hazardous chemicals. Following the safety checks, the Dragon capsule was hauled from the Gulf of Mexico onto a recovery ship.

    The Crew-7 foursome briefly overlapped with their successors, the four astronauts from SpaceX’s Crew-8 mission, which arrived at the ISS last Tuesday.

    All in all, the NASA SpaceX Crew-8 splashdown was very successful.

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  • SpaceX Crew-8 Replaced Crew-7

    Crew-7 was relieved by crew members from the Crew-8 mission. The crew launched to the International Space Station on a SpaceX rocket last week.

    The Crew-8 team will spend the next six months inside the orbital outpost. The rotation is one of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

    After the shuttle fleet was terminated in 2011, the agency hired commercial companies to ferry people to and from the space station.

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