SpaceX astronauts return to Earth

Caterina Mignano, Reporter

On Sunday, May 2, NASA’s four Spacex Astronauts landed on Earth for the first time since 1968 after their two delayed expected dates because of bad weather (

Crew One is a crew of four people ending their five-month adventure with US crew members Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi. They landed around 2.37 a.m. ET in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida (CNN).

“The last time that NASA astronauts splashed down in the nighttime was in 1968, when the three astronauts of Apollo 8, the first to orbit the moon, returned to Earth,” according to an article in the New York Times.

The astronauts boarded the Crew Dragon and the hatch closed at 6:26 p.m., but then more than two hours passed before the capsule left as the astronauts checked that there were no air leaks from either the capsule or the space station. Resilience autonomously undocked at 8:35 p.m.

There are still seven astronauts on the ISS, including a new crew of four who are Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas, who arrived on a different SpaceX craft last week on a mission called Crew Two on the SpaceX rocket Falcon 9. Crew Two’s mission in space is expected to end in October of 2021 in the Atlantic ocean.