SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth; rare night splashdown
Last updated 5/5/2021 at 1:09pm
Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.
The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, just before 3 a.m., ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk's company.
It was an express trip home, lasting just 6 1/2 hours.
The astronauts, three American and one Japanese, flew back in the same capsule - named Resilience - in which they launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in November.