Crew Dragon with four astronauts returned to Earth

The American Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying an international crew of four, has successfully landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida; NASA is broadcasting live.

Crew Dragon touched the water at the estimated time of 2.57 on the East Coast of the United States. About six and a half hours ago, the ship undocked the International Space Station to return to Earth.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft arrived on the ISS in November 2020 with a crew of Americans, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japanese Soichi Noguchi. At the end of April, they were replaced by another Crew Dragon with a crew of Americans, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese Akihiko Hoshide, and Frenchman Tom Pesquet. In addition to them, Russians Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, and American Mark Vande Hei, who arrived at the ISS on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft this month, are now on the station.

Crew Dragon (also known as Dragon 2) is the first commercial crewed spacecraft designed to deliver crews and cargo to the ISS. Developed by SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk.

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