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SpaceX brings 4 astronauts home, then launches 53 satellites

Space Station Crew Return
Posted at 10:38 AM, May 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-06 10:38:22-04

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has returned four astronauts from the International Space Station with a midnight splashdown off the Florida coast.

Friday's homecoming for the three Americans and one German caps the busiest month yet for Elon Musk's space taxi service.

The astronauts rode back to Earth in the same capsule that delivered them to the space station last November.

They departed the orbiting lab Thursday, after spending nearly a week with their replacements.

Five hours after splashdown, the company launched a fresh batch of internet satellites from Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX has sent a total of 26 astronauts to space. Two missions included private astronauts who paid to be on the flight.