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SpaceX crew departs for Earth, splashdown set for Sunday; Richland, Mo. native among astronauts returning

Published: May. 1, 2021 at 4:50 PM CDT|Updated: May. 1, 2021 at 7:47 PM CDT
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (KY3) - Four astronauts are preparing to return to Earth from the International Space Station, ending a nearly half-year mission aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.

Richland, Missouri native Michael Hopkins is one of four astronauts expected to return Sunday morning after the crew undocks Saturday evening. Splashdown is set for early Sunday morning.

The splashdown had been delayed due to weather conditions off the coasts of Florida.

According to NASA, this will mark the first overnight splashdown of a U.S. crewed spacecraft since Apollo 8′s predawn return in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 27, 1968, with NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders.

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