SpaceX’s Crew Dragon has landed safely on Earth after a record breaking flight

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NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, left, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, right are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft (photo by nasa.gov)

Bryanna Dodds, Co-Editor

On May 2, 2021 SpaceX’s Crew Dragon landed in the dark in the Gulf of Mexico to be the first commercial crew long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station in NASA’s history. 

 

Besides being the first commercial astronaut to go to the ISS, they were also landing at night, something that has not happened since 1968

 

The mission was launched Nov. 15, 2020 on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “The astronauts named the spacecraft Resilience, in honor of their families, colleagues, and fellow citizens and highlighting the dedication displayed by the teams involved with the mission and demonstrating that there is no limit to what humans can achieve when they work together.” 

 

Other than naming their craft to honor everyone involved, the crew also “broke the American crewed spacecraft mission duration record of 84 days, 1 hour, 15 minutes, set by the final Skylab crew in February 1974.”(NASA.gov)

 

SpaceX does have other crews to be sent out. Crew-2 launched on April 24 and returned Oct. 31, and Crew-3 will launch no earlier than Oct. 23 and return about six months later. (Learn more about them here).