According to a NASA Livestream, four astronauts onboard a SpaceX Dragon Crew capsule returned to Earth early Sunday, spilling down off the coast of Panama City. After a 6-month period international space Station, the astronauts and crew were being recovered by boats.
According to NASA, the team confirmed that they were in good health. After a six-and-a-half-hour travel from the ISS, the capsule spilled down at night in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast at 2:56 AM, according to photos relayed by NASA’s WB-57 high-altitude research spacecraft.
Last November, astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of Japan were part of the first fully operational journey to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a spacecraft designed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, that has become NASA’s preferred commercial vehicles collaborator.
Seven astronauts stayed on the ISS, along with a new four-person team who landed last week on a separate SpaceX craft. Hopkins had said earlier as the spacecraft undocked from the space station for its return trip, “Thank you for your hospitality.” “We’ll see you when you get back to Earth. Two American astronauts travelled to the International Space Station on a research mission in May and stayed for 2 months. It was the first launch to the International Space Station from US soil since the Space Shuttle programme ended in 2011. It was also the first crewed mission not controlled by NASA, but rather by a private company.
US astronauts had previously traveled to the International Space Station aboard Russian spacecraft.