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4 Astronauts Splash Down In SpaceX Dragon Capsule After 6 Months In Orbit

4 Astronauts splash down

Four astronauts who've spent the past six months aboard the International Space Station as part of the first operational mission of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule are back on Earth after splashing down safely on Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico.

The capsule, nicknamed Resilience, undocked from the space station at 8:35 p.m ET, taking a 6 1/2-hour journey to its splashdown just before 3:00 a.m. ET. The astronauts are the first U.S. crew to make a nighttime splashdown since 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission to orbit the moon

Mike Hopkins was joined on the mission by two other NASA astronauts — rookie Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, who previously flew aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft — and Japan's Soichi Noguchi. Their spacecraft, Resilience, set a new record for the longest spaceflight by a U.S. space capsule that carried a crew, surpassing the 84 days set by an Apollo capsule on the final flight to Skylab in 1974.

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