(Reuters) – Four astronauts safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station early Sunday in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.
Their return marked the end of the crew’s first rotation mission to the station by the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which was developed in collaboration between NASA and Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX, the agency said in a statement.
The crew – Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker from NASA and Soichi Noguchi from Japan – had been launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15 and were propelled by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The capsule, dubbed Resilience by the crew, splashed in the dark off the coast of Panama City, Florida.
The mission was part of NASA’s fledgling public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket company founded in 2002 by Musk, who is also CEO of electric car maker Tesla (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc.
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