The headline is:

"SpaceX Carries NASA Astronaut Mission Home With Safe Water Landing" --New York Times

The way it is written it says SpaceX bring the mission home and not the astronauts, right?

I read through the link, but the only way it would make sense to me is:

"SpaceX Carries NASA Astronaut Home With Safe Water Landing"

I mean once they're home the mission is over right?

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    The mission is the whole expedition; the headline means that the spacecraft came back to Earth safely with the astronauts inside it. If they had somehow been left behind in space, it would have been a very different headline! Nov 9 '21 at 11:57
  • What @kate said. Note that in the cited context, Astronaut is neither a "subject" nor "object" - it's a noun adjunct / attributive noun usage, adjectivally modifying the "head" noun Mission (which is the object of the verb carries [home]). Nov 9 '21 at 12:08
  • Does that implies that the Mission carry on on earth? Nov 9 '21 at 12:26
  • The return to Earth is the end of the mission. Nov 9 '21 at 12:39

In aeronautics - and likely in other contexts too - the "mission" isn't just a list of objectives, but rather it incorporates everything involved. You will commonly hear that an individual is part of the mission.

So, returning 'the mission' safely implies the ship and crew were returned safely.

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