Four ISS astronauts returned to Earth aboard the SpaceX spacecraft

The capsule landed in the middle of the night at 2:56 a.m. in the Gulf of Mexico, off Panama City, Florida.

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The flight lasted six and a half hours. The SpaceX spacecraft brought four astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) back to Earth early Sunday, May 2, off Florida in the southeastern United States. According to a live NASA broadcast, thea capsule has landed at 2:56 am (8:56 am in France), in the Gulf of Mexico, off Panama City, Florida.

According to infrared images broadcast by a high-altitude NASA research device, boats have been deployed to retrieve the ISS capsule and astronauts after their mission of more than 160 days in space.

The crew, made up of three Americans and a Japanese, said they were in good health, according to the US Space Agency.

The Americans Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and the Japanese Soichi Noguchi were in November the first astronauts of an “operational” mission to be transported to the ISS by the space company of Elon Musk, which is is imposed as an essential partner of NASA. Seven astronauts are still on board the ISS, including Frenchman Thomas Pesquet.

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