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    The long-duration team of astronauts launched by SpaceX to the International Space Station for NASA departed the outpost early Thursday. The team of four astronauts were on a six-month mission and they safely departed the orbiting outpost. The crew of three U.S. NASA astronauts and a German astronaut from the European Space Agency undocked at 1:20 a.m. 

    The descent is expected to last about 23 hours. There is a live video showing the capsule slowly leaving the station. The crew wearing white-and-black spacesuit were orbiting around 250 miles above Earth. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will parachute into the sea off the coast of Florida at 12:43 a.m. EDT on Friday.

    The departure comes just a week after they welcomed their replacement team aboard the station. Earlier in April, an all-private astronaut crew was launched by SpaceX to the space station.

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