SpaceX Crew Dragon Brings Home Astronauts 


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US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was NASA's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years.

After 64 days in space, astronauts undocked from the station on Saturday and returned to land with a splash-down on schedule at 12:18 am Monday, IST following a 21-hour overnight journey aboard Crew Dragon Endeavor.

The successful splash-down, the first of its kind by NASA in 45 years, was a final test of whether SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's spacecraft can transport astronauts to and from orbit — a feat no private company has accomplished before.

"This day heralds a new age of space exploration," Musk said. "I'm not very religious, but I prayed for this one."

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