SpaceX safely returns 4 astronauts from ISS to Earth; rare night splashdown
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Astronaut Mike Hopkins is helped out of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, US, on Sunday. Reuters
SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, making the first US crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.
The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, just before 3am, ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk’s company.
It was an express trip home, lasting just 6 1/2 hours.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule lands into the Gulf of Mexico. AP
The astronauts, three American and one Japanese, flew back in the same capsule — named Resilience — in which they launched from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in November.
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