SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission has safely returned to Earth. On Saturday night, the corporate’s “Endurance” Dragon spacecraft splashed down off the coast of Florida following a five-month keep on the Worldwide Area Station. The capsule was carrying NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, Japan’s Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina.
The 4 spent 157 days in orbit throughout an ISS rotation that was one for the historical past books. As , the Crew-5 mission noticed Mann, a member of the Wailaki individuals, turn into the . It was additionally the primary time a Russian cosmonaut flew aboard a non-public American spacecraft, a milestone made potential after NASA and Roscosmos final 12 months amid rising US and Russian tensions because of the conflict in Ukraine.
For Wakata, the flight was his fifth return from house, a Japanese document. The mission additionally marked the second orbital journey for Endurance after the capsule efficiently carried the crew again to Earth final fall. The spacecraft will now return to SpaceX’s Dragon Lair facility in Florida for security checks and refurbishment forward of its subsequent flight.
Not on the flight was NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, who flew to the ISS on MS-22, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that late final 12 months following an obvious micrometeoroid strike. The Endurance crew quickly retrofitted their journey to hold Rubio in case of an emergency evacuation from the ISS after Roscomos decided MS-22 might solely safely transport two individuals. They later eliminated these modifications after Russia sent a replacement Soyuz spacecraft to convey Rubio and cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin again to Earth.