Colorado Native Returns to Earth After nearly Six Months in Space

(KKTV) -Colorado native Jessica Watkins was one of four astronauts to return to Earth on Friday after nearly six months at the International Space Station.

Watkins, who was born in Maryland but considers Lafayette, Colo. her hometown, was on the Crew-4 mission that launched back in April.

Watkins was on the mission with fellow NASA astronauts Bob Hines and  Kjell Lindgren and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha  Cristoforetti.

NASA officials said the crew splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday afternoon.

The crew spent a total of 170 days in space.

The mission will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The crew is scheduled for a long-duration stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, living and working as part of what is expected to be a seven member crew.

The Crew-4 mission will fly a new Crew Dragon spacecraft that the crew has named Freedom.

More information about their mission can be found on NASA’s website.