NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts splash down off coast of Florida

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission astronauts have returned to Earth. Watch live in the video player above.

The four astronauts – Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Matthias Maurer –  undocked from the International Space Station in the Dragon spacecraft they named Endurance at 1:20 a.m. Thursday as the station was flying over Australia. 

On Nov. 10, 2021, the crew launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida into space on a Falcon 9 rocket and docked at the space station the following day.

During their nearly six-month science mission, according to NASA's website, they performed hundreds of experiments and technology demonstrations such as: testing new systems for growing crops, testing printing bandages made from skin cells directly onto a wound, as well as installing a new device to support studies on fire safety in microgravity. 

Members of Crew-3 say it was hard to leave, but they are looking forward to seeing family and friends on Earth.

It took the crew about a day to return to Earth. 

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts are headed back to Earth Thursday, wrapping up a nearly six-month science mission. Photo via NASA's website.