SpaceX returns four astronauts from International Space Station, this Sunday. It marks the first U.S crew splashdown in the dark only after the Apollo 8 Moon shot. The name of the capsule is Dragon Capsule and it landed in the Gulf of Mexico around 3 a.m. This, which is the second flight for Elon Musk’s company, landed in only six and half hours. And this is a lightening-fast speed. The operation was held with all precautions and culminated in perfection. And the astronauts ejected out of the capsule safely. People from all over the world congratulated NASA on its success. It was a 167-day mission and was the longest for a US capsule that superseded its previous record of 84 days. And the SpaceX flight Controllers are situated in Hawthorne, California.
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SpaceX returns four astronauts– Hopkins stepped out first
Hopkins was the first commander who stepped out of the capsule all enchanted. He quotes, that “It’s amazing what can be accomplished when people come together,” and told SpaceX flight controllers. at company headquarters in Hawthorne, California. “Quite frankly, you all are changing the world. Congratulations. It’s great to be back.” So, there were other astronauts like Glover Shannon Walker, who were involved in the mission. SpaceX mission’s earth radio center also welcomed back the astronauts, who returned. They quoted, “We welcome you back to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX,” SpaceX’s Mission Control radioed moments after splashdown. “For those of you enrolled in our frequent flyer program, you’ve earned 68 million miles on this voyage.”
The roasted marshmallow:
Because, the splashdown happened, in just 30 minutes of it, the speed of the craft charred the capsule. And it seemed like a roasted marshmallow. The capsule landed on a recovery ship safely and the astronauts exited safely. Because of the success of SpaceX, it is now registered in one of the landmark space events. And even the mission’s manager Hans Koenigsmann called it a race car pit stop.