SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts have returned to Earth in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown carried out by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.
The capsule carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday afternoon. It is the first splashdown in 45 years for NASA astronauts and also the first time a private company has brought people back from orbit.
Their return clears the way for another SpaceX crew flight as early as next month. The astronauts’ homecoming comes a day after they departed the International Space Station and two months after they blasted off on the historic mission.