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Success! NASA and SpaceX Crew-1 Complete Early Morning Splashdown

(Updated: May 2, 2021)

NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi completed a successful splashdown on Sunday, May 2, after a 165-day space research mission aboard the International Space Station. Here is what we know about their return to Earth.

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The first operational crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon launched to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A on November 15, 2020. Crew-1 docked with the ISS the next day. It's now time for NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi to return home.

Splashdown for the four space explorers was delayed twice due to weather and a new date has just been announced. The astronauts are now scheduled to undock in their Crew Dragon, Resilience, from the International Space Station at 8:35P ET on Saturday, May 1 and splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico around 2:57A ET on Sunday, May 2.

The Splashdown happed right on time near Panama City, Florida-- which one one of the seven targeted landing zones. NASA and SpaceX are working alongside the U.S. Coast Guard in establishing a 10-nautical-mile safety zone. Crew-1 followed a similar procedure as the Demo-2 splashdown last year.

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