Ax-3 Astronauts Undock in Dragon from Station for Earth Return – Space Station

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The SpaceX Dragon Freedom spacecraft, (left), backs away the space station with four Axiom 3 astronauts. The SpaceX Dragon Endurance (right) is pictured docked to the Harmony module’s space-facing port. Credit: NASA TV

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft undocked from the space-facing port of the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 9:20 a.m. EST over the Pacific Ocean, west of Ecuador, to complete the third all-private astronaut mission to the orbiting laboratory, Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3).

Dragon is slowly re-entering orbit from the orbital laboratory, aiming to splashdown near Daytona Beach, Florida at approximately 8:30 am EST on Friday, Feb. 9th.

Ax-3 astronauts Michael López-Alegría, Walter Villadei, Marcus Wandt, and Alper Gezeravci will complete 18 days aboard the orbiting laboratory at the conclusion of their mission. The SpaceX Dragon will be returning to Earth with over 550 pounds of supplies and science, including NASA hardware and experiments.

NASA coverage of this mission concludes once the spacecraft has left the area around the space station. This is approximately 30 minutes following undocking.

Axiom Space leads independent mission operations for Ax-3 and will resume coverage of Dragon’s re-entry and splashdown.

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