SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown

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  • Date: 02-May-2021
  • Source: Associated Press
  • Sector: Transport
  • Country: Gulf
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SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. 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 3 a.m., ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk’s company.

It was an express trip home, lasting just 6 1/2 hours.

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