NASA and SpaceX have successfully brought astronauts back from the International Space Station with the first ocean landing in 45 years.


Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken returned safely, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico, 40 miles off Florida, early on Sunday evening.

Douglas Hurley和Robert Behnken两位宇航员安全返回地球,在周日晚上早些时候降落在墨西哥湾,距离佛罗里达40英里远。


Behnken called their trip "quite an odyssey", as Space X founder Elon Musk said he had prayed for a successful outcome.

Behnken称此次行程“真是一次艰难的旅程”,Space X公司创始人埃隆·马斯克说他祈祷此次航行顺利完成。

注:odyssey:['ɑdəsi] n. 漫长的历险旅程,古希腊史诗《奥德赛》

The spacecraft went from 17,500mph (28,000kmh) in orbit to 350mph (560kmh) during re-entry, and finally to 15mph (24kmh) as it parachuted into the water.


It was exposed to a peak temperature of 1,900C (3,500F) during the descent.


The historic mission began in May when NASA completed the first space launch from US soil for almost a decade, thanks to SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.


The landing could have been complicated by private boats which ignored restrictions and ventured close to the splashdown zone, one of which was flying a Trump campaign flag.


"Welcome back to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX," said controllers at SpaceX headquarters.


"It was truly our honour and privilege," replied Hurley.


After medical checks by a crew who had been in strict quarantine, they were flown by helicopter to Pensacola, then to Houston.