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SpaceX's capsule has successfully landed with four astronauts

SpaceX’s capsule has successfully landed with four astronauts

NASA records show the “Crew Dragon” capsule after landing in the Gulf of Mexico.
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After about six months, “Crew 1” will return to Earth aboard the SpaceX “Crew Dragon” capsule. The astronaut team was the first to be promoted to the International Space Station by a private space company.

NAfter about six months on board the International Space Station (ISSFour astronauts safely return to Earth. The “Crew Dragon” capsule from the private space company SpaceX landed with US space travelers Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as their Japanese colleague Soishi Noguchi Sunday morning (CET) in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida with NASA. The capsule had ejected from the International Space Station during the night after its return flight to Earth was delayed by one day due to bad weather. The ship, called “Crew-1”, docked at the International Space Station in November.

The space station has become cramped recently: in addition to “Crew-1,” astronauts Oleg Nowizki, Pyotr Dubrow and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei have been on board since early April. Last weekend, there were four Crew-2 astronauts in addition to the Americans Shane Kembrah and Megan MacArthur in addition to their Japanese colleague Akihiko Hoshid and Frenchman Thomas Pesquet.

“Crew-1” was the first to regularly fly to the International Space Station in “Crew Dragon” after the success of a manned test flight to the ISS last spring. After a hiatus of nearly nine years, the test was the first in which astronauts had returned to orbit from American soil – and the first time ever that they had been promoted by a private space company. Crew-3 is currently scheduled to start in October.

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