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Updates: NASA's SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts splash down off the coast of Florida

Florida Today 10/14/2022 Emre Kelly, Florida Today
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Update: Splashdown of the Crew-4 mission at 4:55 p.m. EDT! This completes the crew's six-month ISS mission. Read the full post-landing story here.

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Watch live above as NASA's SpaceX Crew-4 mission, crewed by four astronauts, returns to Earth on Friday for splashdown just off the Florida coast.

NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, along with the European Space Agency's Samantha Cristoforetti, departed the International Space Station at 12:05 p.m. EDT Friday. Their Crew Dragon "Freedom" capsule is expected to splash down just off the coast of Jacksonville at 4:50 p.m. EDT.

NASA mission managers selected Jacksonville – one of seven sites around Florida available for return and recovery – due to its favorable weather. Two previous attempts to undock this week were called off due to inclement at-sea conditions.

This splashdown will mark the end of a six-month ISS science mission for the crew. Crew-4 launched from Kennedy Space Center in late April and was SpaceX's fifth crewed mission under contract from NASA.

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