May 2 2021 Four astronauts stationed on the International Space Station returned to Earth on May 1 aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which is scheduled to arrive on May 2, EST, U.S. reported.
The four astronauts are reported to be Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of the United States, as well as Japanese astronaut Noguchi. They travel to the International Space Station aboard the Dragon spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center on November 15, 2020.
Reported that since arriving at the International Space Station in November 2020, the Dragon spacecraft has been fixed to the station’s docking port. The spacecraft will follow orbit for several hours after it was unlocked from the International Space Station at around 8:30 p.m. EST on May 1.
Once it reaches its intended position, the spacecraft will launch its airborne engine, penetrate the Earth’s thick atmosphere, and finally use a series of parachutes to slow its descent before landing off the coast of Florida at around 2:57 a.m. EST on May 2.
According to reports, after the spacecraft landed, recycling personnel will carry out the capsule recovery mission as soon as possible. The waves after landing can be extremely difficult for astronauts, and shaking waves can cause severe seasickness.
NASA is closely monitoring any intruders landing in nearby waters, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel are currently patrolling the perimeter.
Reported that the successful return of the spacecraft to Earth, meaning that the “Dragon” spacecraft’s first fully operational manned mission successfully completed, which also marked the end of NASA and SpaceX a milestone mission.