The US space agency NASA announced that the “Dragon” capsule landed in the ocean off the coast of the US state of Florida shortly after midnight (local time) on Monday. Americans Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoberg, Russian Andrei Fedjazev and Emirati Sultan Al-Niyadi departed for the International Space Station ISS in early March.
Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression over Ukraine and the resulting heightened tensions between the United States and Russia, it had been the first time that astronauts from both countries had flown into space together. NASA chief Bill Nelson said upon their return, “This international team represented three countries.” “But together they demonstrate humanity’s ambition to reach new cosmic shores.”
This was the first space flight for Hoberg, Al-Nijadi and Fedjajev, and the fourth for Bowen. During its mission, it traveled 79 million miles (127 million kilometers) and orbited the Earth 2,976 times.