SpaceX Crew-5’s Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA’s Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan’s Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina, splashed down off the coast of Florida on March 11, 2023.
The four astronauts on the SpaceX Dragon capsule, named Endurance, splashed down late Saturday (March 11), wrapping up a five-month mission to the International Space Station. Returning on the capsule were NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, Japan’s Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina of Russia, who splashed down in darkness after streaking over the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa Bay, Florida at 9:02 p.m. EST (0202 GMT on March 12).
« Thank you SpaceX, that was one heck of a ride! » Mann radioed to SpaceX’s mission control team after splashdown. « We’re happy to be home. »