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4 astronauts splash into SpaceX Dragon Capsule after 6 months in orbit

NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (left), Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, are seen in the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft aboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after landing in the Gulf of Mexico. the coast of Panama City, Florida, on Sundays.

Four astronauts who spent the past six months on board the International Space Station as part of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule’s first operational mission are back on Earth after crashing safely in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

The capsule, nicknamed Resilience, detached from the space station at 8:35 p.m. ET, making a 6 1/2 hour journey to its splashdown just before 3 a.m. ET. The astronauts are the first US crew to take a night dive since 1968 on the Apollo 8 mission to orbit the moon.