A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched carrying 4 astronauts on a NASA business crew mission to the Worldwide House Station at Kennedy House Heart in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 23, 2021.
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The 4 astronauts aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule have safely returned to earth, splashing down in parachutes touchdown within the Gulf of Mexico after a record-setting mission to the Worldwide House Station. The astronauts spent greater than 5 months in house, the longest-ever period for a crew launched in an American-built spacecraft.
NASA’s Shannon Walker, Mike Hopkins, and Victor Glover and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi reached the house station through the Dragon capsule final November.
After undocking from the house station at 8:35 p.m. Saturday, the astronauts traveled by the environment and touched down in Mexico’s Gulf close to Panama Metropolis, Florida, through parachutes at about 2:57 a.m. ET on Sunday. They exited the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft lower than an hour after touchdown.
Climate situations have been reported to be close to good, with little wind and a relaxed sea. “It actually couldn’t have been a extra flawless journey dwelling for Crew Dragon Resilience,” NASA public affairs officer Leah Cheshier stated.
The landing was the primary time a U.S. spacecraft landed amid darkness since 1968, and the second time an area capsule has ever splashed down within the Gulf of Mexico.
SpaceX mission management welcomed the astronauts with some humor after they touched down: “We welcome you again to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX. For these of you enrolled in our frequent flyer program, you have earned 68 million miles on this voyage.”
The second operational SpaceX crew mission arrived on the Worldwide House Station early on the morning of April 24, carrying 4 astronauts for a six-month keep in house.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft ‘Endeavour,’ which launched on a Falcon 9 rocket the day earlier than, docked with the ISS at 5:22 a.m. EDT. The capsule carries a global cadre of astronauts: NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA’s Akihiko Hoshide and ESA’s Thomas Pesquet.
At the moment, the Crew-2 mission quickly introduced the overall variety of astronauts on board the orbiting analysis laboratory to 11.
—CNBC’s Michael Sheetz contributed to this report.