SpaceX Dragon capsule streaked through the late night sky like a dazzling meteor before parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on Monday
Four astrounauts returned to earth on Monday, riding home on SpaceX to end a 200-day space station mission. The crew of the SpaceX Dragon capsule reached the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida, on Monday. AP
Four astrounauts returned to earth on Monday, riding home on SpaceX to end a 200-day space station mission. The crew of the SpaceX Dragon capsule reached the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida, on Monday. Their homecoming paved the way for SpaceX’s launch of their four replacements as early as Wednesday night. AP
Parachutes are deployed from the SpaceX Dragon capsule as it descends before splashing down into the Gulf of Mexico. The newcomers were scheduled to launch first, but NASA switched the order because of bad weather and an astronaut’s undisclosed medical condition. AP
The capsule is recovered after splashing down into the Gulf of Mexico. German astronaut Matthias Maurer, who’s waiting to launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, tweeted it was a “shame” the two crews wouldn’t overlap at the space station but “we trust you’ll leave everything nice and tidy.” AP
The International Space Station is seen as astronauts in the capsule undock. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and France’s Thomas Pesquet should have been back Monday morning, but high wind in the recovery zone delayed their return. AP
It wasn’t the most comfortable ride back for astronauts. The toilet in their capsule was broken, and so the astronauts needed to rely on diapers for the eight-hour trip home. They shrugged it off late last week as just one more challenge in their mission. AP
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