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Four astronauts have safely returned to Earth after their brave 186-day mission in space. SpaceX Crew-6 launched from the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning and landed aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavor in the Atlantic Ocean off  Jacksonville, Florida, just after midnight on September 4. That means her 6-month long stay on the ISS has passed. Crew-6's multinational team includes two NASA astronauts, Stephen Bowen and Woody Horberg, United Arab Emirates (UAE) astronaut Sultan Al-Neyadi, and Roscosmos spaceflight This includes Mr. Andrei Fezyaev. After landing at sea, a team of speedboats helped retrieve Crew 6 from the Dragon Endeavor. After being in space for a very long time, they are currently undergoing extensive medical examinations.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk made the announcement on X (formerly Twitter). “Dragon Splashdown Confirmed – Welcome to Earth, Steve, @Astro_Woody, Andrei, and @Astro_Alneyadi!,” SpaceX wrote. Crew-6 launched from  Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 2, 2023, and arrived at the ISS the next day. "It was a nominal return," said Benji Reed,  director of SpaceX's human spaceflight program. "Dragon is healthy, the parachute worked as expected, and our recovery team did a great job. Dragon did a great job and the staff seemed great." 

SpaceX's Crew-7 flew to the ISS in August, replacing the team that returned to Earth. The group of four astronauts will live and work in space until February, fulfilling a contract with NASA that calls for at least eight more missions to the ISS.

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