Crew-1 Astronauts Splash Down Safely off the Florida Coast
The 4 astronauts of the Crew-1 mission have made it house safely from the Worldwide Area Station, splashing down within the ocean off the coast of Florida early this morning at 2:56 a.m. ET. They traveled house within the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, finishing the return journey for the primary full operational mission of the brand new craft.
NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, in addition to Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA), have spent 168 days in house, throughout which period they orbited the Earth 2,688 occasions. Throughout their roughly six months on the ISS, they labored on 5 spacewalks, together with these to put together the station’s energy system for the set up of recent photo voltaic panels later this 12 months and to put in the brand new Bartolomeo science platform.
The astronauts entered the Crew Dragon and undocked from the house station at 8:35 p.m. ET on Saturday, Might 1. They traveled again to Earth over Saturday night earlier than touchdown within the early hours of Sunday within the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama Metropolis, Florida. This was an uncommon nighttime splashdown, and the astronauts have been secured utilizing the Go Navigator restoration ship and two quick boats earlier than being taken for a medical checkup by helicopter.
The brand new NASA Administrator, Sen. Invoice Nelson, welcomed the crew house and hailed the completion of their mission. “Welcome house Victor, Michael, Shannon, and Soichi, and congratulations to the groups at NASA and SpaceX who labored so arduous to make sure their secure and profitable splashdown,” he mentioned in a assertion. “We’ve completed one other unbelievable spaceflight for America and our industrial and worldwide companions. Protected, dependable transportation to the Worldwide Area Station is precisely the imaginative and prescient that NASA had when the company launched into the industrial crew program.”