The four astronauts of the SpaceX crew splash down to earth after record mission

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched carrying four astronauts on a NASA commercial crew mission to the International Space Station at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 23, 2021.Joe Skipper | Reuters

The four astronauts aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule have returned to earth, splashing down in a parachute landing in the Gulf of Mexico after a record-setting mission to the International Space Station. The astronauts spent five months in space, the longest-ever duration for a crew launched in an American-built spacecraft.

NASA’s Shannon Walker, Mike Hopkins, and Victor Glover and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi reached the space station via the Dragon capsule last November.

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