The long-duration team of astronauts launched by SpaceX to the International Space Station safely returned to Earth. The team of four astronauts were on a six-month mission and they departed the orbiting outpost early Thursday morning. The crew of three U.S. NASA astronauts and a German astronaut from the European Space Agency undocked at 1:20 a.m. and their descent lasted about 23 hours
There was a live video showing the capsule slowly leaving the station. After landing the crews commander said “that was a great ride, … Only one complaint. These water bottles are super heavy.” The crew was out of the capsule within an hour of splashdown, waving and giving thumbs-up as they were taken for medical checks.
The team arrived just over a week after they welcomed their replacement team aboard the station. Earlier in April, an all-private astronaut crew was launched by SpaceX to the space station.
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