SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying International Space Station astronauts lands safely in the Gulf Of Mexico
Washington, May 2 2021: According to footage released from live footage from a NASA stream, a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four International Space Station astronauts back to Earth splashed down off Panama City on Sunday at 2:56am local time.
Tug boats were recorded pulling the spacecraft and crew after their six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. The crew reported they were feeling well. The capsule splashed down in the dark in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast after a six-and-a-half hour flight from the ISS, images relayed by NASA’s WB-57 high-altitude research aircraft showed.
Of the initial team, seven astronauts remained on the ISS including a new crew of four who arrived on a different SpaceX craft last week. Prior to that, two American astronauts made a test mission to the ISS in May and stayed for two months.
On board were astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi who went to space last November as the crew on the first fully operational mission to the ISS aboard a vehicle made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which has recently become NASA’s favored commercial transportation partner.
This is a new series of launches to the ISS from US soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. It is also the first crewed mission run by a private company, as opposed to NASA. Until then US astronauts had caught rides to the ISS aboard Russian spacecraft.
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