Successful landing: NASA astronauts successfully reach Earth onboard SpaceX capsule

Mexico: NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley completed a fiery, high-speed journey become from the International Space Station on Sunday, splashing down in calm Gulf of Mexico waters off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., hundreds of miles from a churning Tropical Storm Isaias in the Atlantic in a triumphal denouement to a historic mission.

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It was the first time in the 58 year history of crewed American space travel that astronauts has used the Gulf as a landing site, adding to other firsts that marked a new chapter in NASA’s human spaceflight program: the first launch of American astronauts to orbit from U.S soil sine the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011 and the first launch into orbit of humans on vehicles owned and operated by a private company.

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“Today we really made history. We are entering a new era of human spacefight,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said at a news conference after two astronauts had emerged from the capsule.

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