SpaceX brought four astronauts back to Earth at 3 a.m. on Sunday after a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS), having them dive into the Gulf of Mexico. It is the first American night landing since Apollo 8 in 1968. Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of Nasa and Soichi Noguchi of Jaxa (Japanese space agency) left Earth last November.
« We welcome you to planet Earth and thank you for flying with SpaceX “Said the control center of
SpaceX a few moments after the landing. ” For those of you who are signed up for our loyalty program, you have earned 68 million miles on this trip. »
« We take these miles Replied the spaceship’s commander, Colonel Mike Hopkins, shortly after the landing. ” Are they transferable?He joked.
There are now only seven astronauts aboard the International Space Station, including
Thomas Pesquet for Esa.
#ICYMI: @SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi took a six-and-a-half hour ride back to Earth overnight on the #CrewDragon Resilience. pic.twitter.com/EXhpBb7CKj
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) May 2, 2021
« All four crew members are in great shape, in good spirits and doing very well “Said Holly Ridings, flight director for the
Nasa, during a press conference after their return. This 167-day stay for astronauts aboard the ISS is the longest for a crew launched from the United States, breaking the previous record of 84 days set by Skylab astronauts in 1974.
The last pre-dawn landing was on December 27, 1968, when Apollo 8, the first manned flight to the moon, landed in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.
Image : Nasa/Bill Ingalls