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Early Sunday, the four astronauts onboard the historic SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule returned to Earth safely, splashing down in parachutes in the Gulf of Mexico, NASA announced on their website.

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The mission, which launched into space to the International Space Station (ISS) in November and included NASA's Shannon Walker, Mike Hopkins, and Victor Glover and Japan's Soichi Noguchi, marked the longest-ever duration for a space crew in a U.S. vehicle.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, dubbed Resilience, undocked from the ISS at 8:35 p.m. ET Saturday and made a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico in Panama City, Florida at 2:57 a.m. ET. Sunday.

The waves were reportedly calm and the weather was clear upon landing.

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'Welcome home Victor, Michael, Shannon, and Soichi, and congratulations to the teams at NASA and SpaceX who worked so hard to ensure their safe and successful splashdown,' said Sen. Bill Nelson, a NASA administrator.

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'We've accomplished another incredible spaceflight for America and our commercial and international partners. Safe, reliable transportation to the International Space Station is exactly the vision that NASA had when the agency embarked on the commercial crew program,' Nelson added.

© Shutterstock The astronauts onboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule spent six months at the International Space Station before returning to Earth Sunday

This marked NASA's first nighttime splash since 1968 and is the second time a space capsule has landed in the Gulf of Mexico, according to CNBC. It also marked the first operational mission of the SpaceX capsule.

According to NASA, Hopkins, Glover, Walker, and Noguchi spent 167 days aboard the ISS and traveled 71,242,199 statute miles during their 168 days in orbit, completing 2,688 orbits around Earth.

During their mission, the astronauts onboard Resilience contributed to scientific investigations and technology demonstrations, as well as spacewalks and public engagement events, NASA reported.

Splashdown! The @SpaceX Crew Dragon, Resilience, lands in the Gulf of Mexico after undocking from @Space_Station with Crew-1 @[email protected], @Astro_illini, and Shannon Walker, and @JAXA_en Soichi Noguchi. More photos coming: 📷

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The return of the Resilience space capsule comes just over a week after the launch of NASA's Space-X Crew-2 Mission. The crew jetted off into space on April 23 and will remain on the ISS for about six months.

The first manned SpaceX flight launched in May 2020 and was followed up by the second six months later.

ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

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The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online. On April 30, 2014, the space agency activated its High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, involving four commercial HD cameras aboard the ISS*. The Earth-facing cameras, which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature-controlled housing, began streaming video live to the world on May 1, 2014. But viewers will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the live feed. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the ESA’s Columbus (Solar) module. Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions. Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear. Since the ISS is in darkness during part of each orbit, the images will be dark at those times. During periods when the space station is out of range of NASA’s communications channels you will see a - Loss of Signal - gray screen or previously recorded video.

SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft arrives at ISS with supplies, including HDEV gear.
(Source: NASA)

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HDEV Facts:

  • While the HDEV collects beautiful images of the Earth from the ISS, the primary purpose of the experiment is an engineering one: monitoring the rate at which HD video camera image quality degrades when exposed to the space environment (mainly from cosmic ray damage) and verify the effectiveness of the design of the HDEV housing for thermal control.
  • The four cameras of the HDEV experiment are oriented in different directions and with different views relative to the ISS travel direction. They are in positioned, 1 looking forward, 1 looking nearly straight down, and 2 looking back. This provides several different viewing angles to the viewer.
  • The cameras are programmed to cycle from one camera to the next, and only one camera can work at a time. As they cycle, each camera must turn off and the next camera turn on before the HD video starts, taking about 8 to 10 seconds to change. Through this cycling, comparable data can be collected on each camera; while also providing, as a bonus, different Earth viewing perspectives.
  • The University of Bonn in partnership with the German Space Agency (DLR) is implementing the “Columbus Eye” program based on the HDEV streaming video. A webpage is in place ( in German) that incorporates the HDEV UStream video and describes the Columbus Eye project, which will leverage ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Alexander Gerst educational activities in space.
  • HDEV suite is configured on a platform on the exterior of the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory module of the ISS.

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* International Space Station