Udayavni Special

SpaceX capsule departs station with 4 astronauts, heads home


Team Udayavani, May 2, 2021, 9:19 AM IST

AP photo

Cape Canaveral: A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts departed the International Space Station late Saturday, aiming for a rare nighttime splashdown to end the company’s second crew flight.

It would be the first US splashdown in darkness since Apollo 8’s crew returned from the moon in 1968.

NASA’s Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi, headed home in the same Dragon capsule that delivered them to the space station last November.

The ride back was expected to take just 6 1/2 hours.

“Thanks for your hospitality,” Hopkins radioed as the capsule undocked 260 miles (420 kilometers) above Mali.

SpaceX targeted a splashdown around 3 am Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida.

Despite the early hour, the Coast Guard deployed extra patrols — and spotlights — to keep any night-owl sightseers away.

The capsule of the first SpaceX crew was surrounded by pleasure boaters last summer, posing a safety risk.

Hopkins, the spacecraft commander, rocketed into orbit with his crew on November 15 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Their replacements arrived a week ago aboard their own Dragon capsule — the same one that launched SpaceX’s first crew last spring.

The four should have been back by now, but high offshore wind kept them at the space station a few extra days.

SpaceX and NASA determined the best weather would be before dawn.

The delays allowed Glover to celebrate his 45th birthday in space Friday.

“Gratitude, wonder, connection. I’m full of and motivated by these feelings on my birthday, as my first mission to space comes to an end,” Glover tweeted.

Saturday night’s undocking left seven astronauts at the space station: three Americans, two Russians, one Japanese and one French.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Moodbidri: MLA Umanath Kotian chairs Covid task force meeting

KP Sharma Oli reappointed as Nepal PM as Opposition fails to muster majority

‘Friends’ reunion special to premiere on HBO Max on May 27

India adds 3.43 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4000 fresh fatalities

Haveri: 70-year-old Covid-19 patient commits suicide

Karnataka now first in country in active COVID-19 cases

Fully vaccinated people in US not required to wear masks: CDC



Related Articles More

PS5 Digital version now listed on Sony Center Website

Facebook to roll out new campaign in India to fight COVID-related misinformation

Instagram’s new feature allows users to add pronouns to their profile

US-approved vaccines effective against B.1.617 variant of Covid-19: Official

Govt approves procurement of 1.5 lakh units of DRDO’s ‘Oxycare’ system

MUST WATCH

Covid Impact on the Sandalwood Industry

Groom Plays The Band At His Own Wedding

Outrage at Dictatorial Attitude: Mass Resignation from Doctors in Unnao

BMTC launches Oxygen Bus Service

Vaccines only for 45+ age group in Karnataka

Latest Additions

PM releases 8th installment worth over Rs 20,000 cr to 9.5 cr farmers under PM-KISAN

‘Shang-Chi’, ‘Free Guy’ to debut exclusively in theatres

Biden to meet DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push

L&T bags construction order from Chennai Metro Rail Corporation

Moodbidri: MLA Umanath Kotian chairs Covid task force meeting

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.