SpaceX capsule returns four astronauts from space in first night splashdown since 1968

Source: The Hill | May 2, 2021 | John Bowden

SpaceX confirmed the successful recovery of four astronauts following a return mission to Earth from the International Space Station early Sunday morning.

In a tweet, the private spaceflight firm welcomed back NASA astronauts Vic Glover, Shannon Walker, Mike Hopkins, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Sôichi Noguchi, following their splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Sunday’s mission, which was delayed for several days due to weather and lasted just over six hours, marked the first nighttime recovery of astronauts from a splashdown in more than half a century.

The company is aiming to start private spaceflights for individual tourists by 2023.

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