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SpaceX First Operational Round-Trip Mission Completed


A SpaceX capsule with four astronauts returning from the International Space Station splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico on May 2, 2021.

  • American Space agency NASA has said that Their return marked the end of 168 days in space for the four astronauts and the end of SpaceX’s first operational round-trip mission.
  • This return to earth was the first nighttime splashdown for NASA astronauts since Apollo 8, which was the first mission to orbit the moon, in 1968.
  • The mission was part of NASA’s fledgling public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, who is also CEO of electric car maker Tesla Inc.