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SpaceX Crew Dragon makes first night splashdown with American astronauts since Apollo

The SpaceX Dragon capsule with four astronauts returned to Earth early Sunday morning (May 2) after splashing down in the ocean off the coast of Florida, successfully completing the company’s first full crewed mission to the International Space Station.

Astronauts on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City at 2:56 a.m. ET (0656 GMT) when a rescue craft quickly retrieved their Crew Dragon capsule from the sea. The spacecraft landed on target, marking the first night watering of an American crew in 53 years. The last was NASA’s Apollo 8 Moon mission on December 27, 1968.

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