Four astronauts return from space station aboard SpaceX capsule By Reuters

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© Reuters. NASA SpaceX Crew-1 splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico

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(Reuters) – Four astronauts returned safely to Earth from the International Space Station early Sunday in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, parachuting to splash into the Gulf of Mexico, NASA said.

Their return marked the end of the first crew rotation mission to the station by the Crew Dragon spacecraft, developed in partnership between NASA and Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX, the agency said in a statement. communicated.

The crew – Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi of Japan – took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15, powered by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The capsule, dubbed Resilience by the crew, crashed in the darkness off Panama City, Florida.

The mission was part of NASA’s fledgling public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket company founded in 2002 by Musk, who is also CEO of electric car maker Tesla (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc.

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