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© Reuters. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 splashdown within the Gulf of Mexico

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(Reuters) – 4 astronauts returned safely to Earth from the Worldwide House Station early on Sunday in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, parachuting to splash-down within the Gulf of Mexico, NASA stated.

Their return marked the tip of the primary crew rotation mission to the station by the Crew Dragon spacecraft, developed in partnership between NASA and Elon Musk’s rocket firm SpaceX, the company stated in an announcement.

The crew – NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi – had launched from the Kennedy House Heart in Florida on Nov. 15, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The capsule, dubbed Resilience by the crew, splashed down in darkness off the coast of Panama Metropolis, Florida.

The mission was a part of NASA’s fledgling public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket firm based in 2002 by Musk, who can also be CEO of electrical automotive maker Tesla (NASDAQ:) Inc.

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