SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts are scheduled to depart the International Space Station (ISS) early Thursday morning after a six-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory.
NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, along with Matthias Maurer from the European Space Agency (ESA), arrived at the ISS in November 2021.
Crew members spent their time in space conducting scientific research in microgravity conditions, performing spacewalks outside the station, sharing their space experiences with people on the ground and to enjoy the magnificent landscapes offered by their unique location 250 miles above the Earth. They even found time to “dance”.
But now it’s time to go home.
The livestream will show Crew-3 astronauts preparing to undock from the ISS. It will also show the capsule driving away from the station as the crew members begin their journey home. Audio feeds between the astronauts and Mission Control will also be part of the coverage, allowing viewers to follow exactly what’s going on.
Approximately 23 hours after undocking, the livestream will show the final moments of the return trip. The Crew Dragon’s descent will be slowed by parachutes before it crashes into the sea off the coast of Florida. A boat-based recovery team will then bring the capsule back to earth, after which the astronauts will be able to breathe fresh air for the first time in six months.
The Crew Dragon capsule is scheduled to undock from the ISS at 1:05 a.m. ET Thursday, May 5 (10:05 p.m. PT, Wednesday). You can watch the process via the embedded player at the top of this page or by heading to NASA websitewhich will broadcast the same live stream.
NASA will also cover the splashdown, which is expected to take place off the coast of Florida around 12:37 a.m. Friday, May 6 (9:37 p.m. PT, Thursday).
As always, NASA is closely monitoring weather conditions at the recovery site. If deemed inappropriate, undocking will be delayed. NASA’s Twitter account will offer the latest updates in the event of a schedule change, and we will update this page with any schedule changes.
To learn more about how astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station, watch these insightful videos made by visitors over the years.