SpaceX Crew Dragon makes 1st nighttime splashdown with US astronauts since Apollo period

by akoloy

A SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying 4 astronauts returned to Earth early Sunday (May 2) with an ocean splashdown off the Florida coast, efficiently finishing the corporate’s first full-fledged crewed mission to the International Space Station.

The astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission for NASA splashed down safely within the Gulf of Mexico close to Panama City at 2:56 a.m. EDT (0656 GMT), with a restoration ship swiftly retrieving their Crew Dragon capsule from the ocean. The spacecraft landed on course, marking the first nighttime splashdown of a U.S. crewed flight in 53 years. The final was NASA’s Apollo 8 moon mission on Dec. 27, 1968. 

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