How was the ride? That’s what everyone wants to know from the three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut who arrived home via SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft this week.
NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi became the first long-duration crew to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Florida and arrive at the International Space Station in their capsule Dragon Resilience.
The Crew-1 mission astronauts arrived back on Earth early Sunday morning during the first nighttime splashdown in over 50 years. They had been on station since their November launch from Kennedy Space Center.
After recovery teams retrieved the Dragon from the Gulf of Mexico, the astronauts were then flown home to be reunited with their families in Houston.
For the first time since their journey, the Crew-1 astronauts will talk about their nearly 6-month mission and the experience flying with SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
SpaceX returned human spaceflight to Florida’s coast last year with the launch of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. The company is contracted with NASA to launch six missions to the ISS. Its second long-duration mission launched more than a week ago from Florida with the Crew-2 astronauts and the Crew-3 launch is planned for this fall.
NASA will host a news conference at 3:45 p.m. Watch live at the top of this story.
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