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4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX Dragon Crew capsule returned to Earth early Sunday,  splashing down off Panama Metropolis early Sunday, a NASA livestream confirmed.

Boats had been retrieving the spacecraft and crew after their six-month mission aboard the Worldwide Area Station.

The crew reported they had been feeling nicely, NASA mentioned.

The capsule splashed down at 2:56 am (0656 GMT) at midnight within the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast after a six-and-a-half hour flight from the ISS, photos relayed by NASA’s WB-57 high-altitude analysis plane confirmed.

Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan´s Soichi Noguchi went to house final November because the crew on the primary absolutely operational mission to the ISS aboard a automobile made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which has change into NASA’s favored business transportation accomplice.

Seven astronauts remained on the ISS together with a brand new crew of 4 who arrived on a unique SpaceX craft final week.

“Thanks for your hospitality,” Hopkins mentioned earlier because the capsule undocked from the house station for its return journey. “We’ll see you back on Earth.”

Previous to that, two American astronauts made a take a look at mission to the ISS in Might and stayed for 2 months.

That was the primary launch to the ISS from US soil because the finish of the Area Shuttle program in 2011. It was additionally the primary crewed mission run by a non-public firm, versus NASA.

Till then US astronauts had caught rides to the ISS aboard Russian spacecraft.

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