Check out this cool NASA image of SpaceX Crew-3’s ride home

A stunning image shared by NASA shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft on the International Space Station (ISS) just days before it takes the Crew-3 astronauts home.

Crew Dragon Endurance docked at the International Space Station, about 250 miles above Earth. NASA

The Endurance crewship is shown from a window aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor capsule, which brought NASA’s first-ever paying astronauts to the ISS earlier this month in the Ax-1 mission hosted by Texas-based Axiom Space.

NASA and SpaceX are gearing up for a busy few days in the space station.

The Crew-3 astronauts – Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, along with Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency – will return to Earth later this month.

But before that, on Saturday, Crew-3 will accommodate NASA’s paying visitors who arrived at the ISS on April 9. The Ax-1 mission was originally scheduled to last 10 days, but has been extended by five days after poor conditions at the landing site off the coast of Florida forced NASA to postpone its departure.

Crew-3 also welcomes the Crew-4 astronauts, who are expected to arrive at the ISS by the middle of next week.

Chari, Marshburn, Barron and Maurer recently spoke about the highlights of their six-month stay aboard the orbiting outpost in a special question-and-answer session with reporters on Earth.

During their time in space, the four astronauts had a hand in hundreds of experiments and technology demonstrations, and also took part in spacewalks involving maintenance and upgrade work.

NASA’s busy planning period at the ISS has been made possible by SpaceX’s successful development of its reusable space transport hardware that first flew with astronauts on a successful test flight in the summer of 2020.

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