SpaceX Ferries Astronauts Again to Earth After Half-Yr Away

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four astronauts returned to Earth in a SpaceX capsule Friday, ending their almost six-month area station mission with a splashdown within the Atlantic off Florida.

Wet and windy climate throughout Florida delayed their homecoming. SpaceX and NASA lastly gave the all-clear on Friday, and the three Americans and one Italian departed the International Space Station, their residence since April.

The capsule parachuted into the ocean, simply off Jacksonville, Florida, about 5 hours later. It carried NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, the primary Black girl to finish a long-term spaceflight, and the European Space Agency’s Samantha Cristoforetti. SpaceX delivered their replacements final week.

Before testing, the astronauts stated they couldn’t wait to have a chilly drink with ice, eat some pizza and ice cream, take a bathe, experience nature and, in fact, reunite with their households. NASA deliberate to hustle them to Houston as soon as they have been off SpaceX’s restoration ship and again on stable floor.

“Getting the primary few hugs after we get again is admittedly going to be superior,” Hines informed reporters earlier within the week.

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Remaining aboard the area station are three Americans, three Russians and one Japanese.

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