Web Desk. The four astronauts, who spent several months on the space station, landed in the ocean near Florida early Sunday morning with their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, the first time in 50 years that astronauts have landed at night.
AFP quoted the US space agency NASA as saying, People arriving on Earth say they are feeling better after a nearly six-month mission to the International Space Station.
The capsule, which landed in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, landed at 2:56 a.m. (Greenwich Mean Time 6:56 a.m.) six and a half hours after it began its flight from the International Space Station.
Let’s give NASA's @SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts a hand!
👏 Welcome home.
In the most fitting fashion, their mission, which certified the return of astronaut launches from the U.S., ended with an equally historic nighttime splashdown at 2:56am ET (06:56 UT): https://t.co/xQUMykAB30 pic.twitter.com/pt3lSHkmlH
— NASA (@NASA) May 2, 2021
Teams from the Gulf of Mexico reached the capsule, which was transferred to the deck half an hour later. This is the first-night landing by NASA since the Apollo 8 mission in 1968.
“The first commander to emerge from the capsule was Michael Hopkins, followed by NASA astronaut Victor Glover.”
In a tweet from NASA, Hopkins said: “We thank you all on behalf of Crew One and our family. What can be achieved when people are together is fun. Congratulations, you are all changing the world, it’s great to be back. “
NASA astronaut Shannon Walker and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi are also among the four people returning from space. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, “Welcome back Victor, Michael, Shannon, and Soichi, congratulations to the NASA and SpaceX teams who worked hard for a safe and successful return.”
How we feel knowing that the astronauts of NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission have safely returned to our home planet. 💙 pic.twitter.com/CANUXMar9B
— NASA's Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) May 2, 2021
He said, “we have completed another space trip for the United States and our international and trading partners”. Safe and reliable travel was the vision that NASA had in mind when launching the commercial crew program.
According to NASA, the four astronauts left for the International Space Station in November last year aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX. During this time, they traveled 114.6 million kilometers in 168 days, including the 167 days spent on the space station.
According to the US space agency, the four astronauts will be airlifted to another location where they will be reunited with their families after undergoing the necessary medical examinations.
In a news briefing after landing, NASA’s chief flight director Holly Ridings said all four were in good health. According to her, this is a good day, it rarely happens that you wake up in the space station and reach Houston to sleep.
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"All four crew members are doing really well. We got the capsule on board — Resilience on board — SpaceX's recovery ship without any trouble." — Holly Ridings, chief flight director, @NASA_Johnson, on tonight's Crew-1 mission splashdown. pic.twitter.com/koCCG8o1o8
— NASA (@NASA) May 2, 2021