The astronauts who took part in May’s historic SpaceX launch returned to Earth on Sunday afternoon with a successful splashdown near the Florida coast.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived near the coast of Pensacola in the SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule a little before 3 p.m. ET.
"Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed!" SpaceX tweeted. "Welcome back to Earth."
Video shared by SpaceX shows the capsule landing in the water after parachutes were deployed.
Their return comes a little more than two months after the astronauts successfully docked at the International Space Station.
The launch in late May marked the first time a manned spacecraft made and owned by a private company had accomplished such a feat. It was also the first manned launch by the United States from it’s own soil in almost a decade.
“Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after very successful two month mission,” President Trump tweeted Sunday. “Thank you to all!”
Trump added in a second tweet: “Astronauts complete first splashdown in 45 years. Very exciting!”
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