SpaceX’s first operational mission with a crew has come to an end. NASA reported that the Crew-1 mission returned to Earth, its flight from the ISS to our planet took six and a half hours. The crew included NASA representatives Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. They spent six months in orbit.
Crew-1 was originally supposed to land on April 30, but due to bad weather at potential landing sites, the return was postponed twice. This flight was SpaceX’s second manned spacecraft mission and the first regular orbital mission.
Engadget notes that this is an important moment for SpaceX, which just a few days earlier launched its Crew-2 mission. NASA also noted that this is the first-night descent of a spacecraft with an American crew since Apollo 8, which occurred on December 27, 1968.
NASA says the astronauts are doing well. During the broadcast, the crew members thanked everyone involved in the operation. Currently, seven crew members are working on the ISS, three of them are from Russia.