This is the first night landing of a manned spacecraft in the United States since the Apollo 8 mission to the moon.
Cape Canaveral- Since the Apollo 8 mission to the moon, a manned spacecraft landed at night in the United States for the first time, and a SpaceX spacecraft returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday with four astronauts.
Before three in the morning, the Long Capsule deployed a parachute and crashed into the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida, ending the second manned flight of Elon Musk.
This was a quick return journey, which took only six and a half hours.
Astronauts, three Americans and one Japanese flew back in the same capsule. This is the so-called “resilient force.” In November, they took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Its flight time is 167 days, which is the longest flight time performed by an American astronaut. The previous record of 84 days was set by the last crew of NASA Skylab in 1974.
When he left on Saturday night, seven people stayed at the space station, four of whom arrived on a SpaceX flight a week ago.
“To Earth!” After leaving the space station, he tweeted NASA astronaut Victor Glover. “Just one step away from home and home!”
Glover, along with his NASA colleagues Mike Hopkin, Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Noguchi Noguchi, are scheduled to return to Earth last Wednesday. However, offshore winds forced Space X to abandon two possible daytime landing attempts. The person in charge of the project chose to make an unconventional landing in the dark to take advantage of the quiet time.
SpaceX has conducted night rehearsals just in case, and even restored its last cargo bay in the Gulf of Mexico at night. The infrared camera follows the capsule to re-enter the atmosphere, just as the night sky traverses the night sky like bright stars.
All four parachutes deployed before landing are also visible in the infrared image.
The Apollo 8 mission of NASA’s first moon landing ended with a bombing in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii before dawn on December 27, 1968. Eight years later, a Soviet space capsule with two astronauts crashed into a partially frozen lake in Kazakhstan at night after being blown away by a blizzard.
Despite time, the Coast Guard is still working to maintain an 18-kilometer (11-mile) restricted area around the capsule. SpaceX’s first manned return brought together many civilian ships, posing a safety hazard.
After boarding the SpaceX rescue ship, the astronauts plan to take a helicopter to the shore briefly, and then fly to Houston to reunite with their families.
Its capsule “resilience” will return to Cape Canaveral for modification for SpaceX’s first private manned mission in September. The docking mechanism of the space station will be replaced by a new dome-shaped window.