SpaceX Dragon begins its journey home: Capsule undocks from ISS with four astronauts on board ahead of first U.S. splashdown in darkness since Apollo 8

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 will be the first U.S. 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, (pictured bottom left) headed home in the same Dragon capsule that delivered them to the space station last November. The Crew Dragon capsule undocked from the ISS as scheduled at 8:35pm ET. With the flight back to Earth expected to take six-and-a-half hours, the crew is scheduled to splash down in the dark of night off Panama City, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:57am ET.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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