In this space entertainment video, SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts ‘waltz’ in space

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In this space entertainment video, SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts 'waltz' in space

“In case anyone is wondering how astronauts check their spacesuits,” Maurer wrote as he shared the video on Twitter. “We call this the ‘suit fit waltz.’ I think I might miss microgravity and these antics with @Astro_Raja, @AstroMarshburn & Kayla.”

And in a more humorous approach, Homer Simpson floated gracefully through a space shuttle while chasing potato chips in the 1994 episode Deep Space Homer as Strauss’ iconic tune played in the background.

Maurer and his Crew-3 crewmates — NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron — returned to Earth May 6 on SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance to end a six-month mission to the International Space Station. The astronauts spent 176 days in space and splashed down off the coast of Tampa, Florida to cap their spaceflight.

The Crew-3 astronauts apparently held a photo session in their SpaceX suits, too, snapping a portrait while in a wheel formation.

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  • Last week, four astronauts from NASA and SpaceX took a break while checking their spacesuits, according to a new video provided by European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer. The astronauts perform sophisticated dance as they glide by each other in weightlessness, set to the tune of Johann Strauss II’s waltz “The Blue Danube.”

  • Strauss’ “Blue Danube” waltz has a long history of being set to spaceflight antics. In the 1968 science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” director Stanley Kubrick paired the music with a space plane trip to a space station to show the intricate ballet of spaceflight.

The Crew-3 astronauts returned to Earth just over a week after SpaceX launched another crew to the space station for NASA. That mission, called Crew-4, launched three NASA astronauts and one European astronaut to the station on April 27 to start their own six-month trip.