The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts returning to Earth splashed from Florida during the first night ocean landing in more than 50 years at NASA, Florida, early on Sunday morning.
NASA said the crew reported that after nearly six months of flying on the International Space Station, they felt good after returning to Earth.
After flying for six and a half hours from the International Space Station, the capsule fell in the darkness in the Gulf of Mexico near the Gulf of Mexico at 2:56 AM (12:26 pm central time) and was relayed by NASA WB-WB The night vision images showed 57 high-altitude research aircraft.
About half an hour later, the team on the Go Navigator rescue ship retrieved the capsule and lifted it to the deck. Since the Apollo 8 crew arrived in the Pacific on December 27, 1968, this was NASA’s first night landing.
After the hatch was opened, Commander Michael Hopkins (Michael Hopkins) was the first person to appear. He did some jigging as he stepped onto the deck, followed by NASA astronaut Victor Glo (Victor Glover).
Hopkins said: “On behalf of Crew-1 and our family, we just want to say thank you. When people get together, the achievements are amazing. You are all changing the world. Congratulations. It’s great to be back. .” Said in NASA’s tweet.
“On behalf of Crew-1 and our family, we just want to say thank you… When people come together, it’s amazing what can be done. You are all changing the world. Congratulations, it’s great to be back .”-NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins (@Astro_illini) pic.twitter.com/6Bxpwp79ly
-NASA (@NASA) May 2 2021
NASA’s astronaut Shannon Walker and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi are the other two.
“Welcome home Victor, Michael, Shannon and Soichi, and congratulations to the NASA and SpaceX teams for their tremendous efforts to ensure their safety and successful splash,” New NASA administrator Bill Nelson (Bill Nelson) said.
“We have completed another incredible space flight for the United States and our commercial and international partners. Safe and reliable transportation to the International Space Station is exactly what NASA’s vision was when it embarked on its commercial pilot program.”
71 million miles
In November last year, four astronauts took a vehicle manufactured by Elon Musk’s SpaceX (which has become NASA’s preferred commercial transportation partner) to perform the first full-scale mission to the ISS, and the crew went into space. .
NASA says they have flown 71.2 million miles (114.6 million kilometers) in orbit during 168 days of operation (including 167 days on the space station).
NASA said that after a medical examination, the four astronauts will fly to Pensacola by helicopter and board a plane in Houston to reunite with their friends and family.
Holly Ridings, NASA’s chief flight officer, said at a crash news conference: “All four crew members reported in good physical condition, uplifted, and performed very well.”
She said: “It is indeed a good day. Not many people wake up and sleep on the space station.”
Seven astronauts remain on the International Space Station, including four new members, who arrived in another SpaceX space shuttle last week.
Hopkins said earlier: “Thank you for your hospitality.” The capsule got off the space station on the return journey. “We will see you on earth.”
Prior to this, two American astronauts conducted a test flight to the International Space Station in May and stayed there for two months.
This is the first launch from the US soil to the ISS since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. This is also the first manned mission performed by a private company (not NASA).
Before that, American astronauts boarded the International Space Station on a Russian spacecraft.