Historic NASA-SpaceX mission begins journey home from International Space Station

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After six months in space, four astronauts on a historic NASA-SpaceX mission have started their journey back to Earth.

The undocking was moved from Friday due to unfavorable wind speeds forecast at the time of the anticipated splashdown. More ideal conditions are in the forecast for Sunday’s splashdown and recovery, NASA said. The U.S. Coast Guard has established a 10-nautical-mile safety zone around the expected splashdown location.

This will be the first nighttime splashdown of a U.S.-crewed spacecraft since Apollo 8’s return on Dec. 27, 1968, in the Pacific Ocean.

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Historic NASA-SpaceX mission begins journey home from International Space Station

SpaceX‘s Crew Dragon spacecraft, dubbed Resilience, undocked from the International Space Station at 8:35 p.m. ET Saturday. It’s scheduled to splash down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida at about 2:57 a.m. ET Sunday. The return will air live on NASA Television, the NASA App and the agency’s website.

Three NASA astronauts — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker — and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are making the journey home. They launched into orbit Nov. 15, 2020, in what was the first operational crewed flight for the Crew Dragon capsule as part of NASA’s commercial crew mission, and SpaceX’s second-ever crewed flight to space.

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Dragon Resilience returning to Earth to complete first operational Commercial Crew mission

NASA and SpaceX teams are preparing for the return of NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi to Earth, completing the historic Crew-1 mission. Crew Dragon Resilience is scheduled to splash down in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Panama City, Florida, at 2:56 AM EDT (06:56 UTC) on Sunday May 2. It will mark the end of the first of six contracted, long duration, operational missions for SpaceX as a part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Resilience’undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) at 8:30 PM on Saturday May 1 (00:30 UTC on May 2) to begin the journey home. Its return will mark the end of Expedition 64 and the start of Expedition 65, with JAXA Astronaut Akihito Hoshide becoming the commander of the ISS. He’s the second Japanese astronaut to command the station, the first being Koichi Wakata during Expedition 39.

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Date: 2021-05-02T00:50:31+00:00
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Following historic NASA SpaceX mission, amazing picture shows International Space Station cruising past moon

Following the historic events of the combined NASA/SpaceX launch over the weekend, a photographer has captured a remarkable image of the International Space Station carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley whizzing past the moon.

The composite image, taken by Italian photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, came from a video he also took that shows the ISS at 17 different points as it sails across the moon, British news agency SWNS reports.

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Date: 2020-06-02
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