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Nasa astronauts return to Earth after first splashdown in 45 years

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Nasa astronauts return to Earth after first splashdown in 45 years

Nasa astronauts return to Earth after first splashdown in 45 years

Nasa astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are back on Earth after thefirst splashdown return in 45 years.

The pair landed in the ocean, off thecoast of Florida, at around 7.48pm UK time on Sunday, after a 19-hour journeyfrom the International Space Station.


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