Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After six months in space, four astronauts on a historic NASA-SpaceX mission have returned back to Earth.SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, dubbed Resilience, undocked from the International Space Station at 8:35 p.m. ET Saturday. and splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida at about 2:56 a.m. ET Sunday. The return aired live on NASA Television, the NASA App and the agency’s website.The undocking was moved from Friday due to unfavorable wind speeds forecast at the time of the anticipated splashdown. More ideal conditions were in the forecast for Sunday’s splashdown and recovery, NASA said. The U.S. Coast Guard established a 10-nautical-mile safety zone around the expected splashdown location.“We’re continuing to hear good news after good news,” NASA tweeted early Sunday. “The four main parachutes have deployed, slowing the crew’s capsule down for arrival off the coast of Panama City, Florida.”“We’re continuing to hear good news after good news.” The four main parachutes have deployed, slowing the crew’s capsule down for arrival off the coast of Panama City, Florida. pic.twitter.com/ZC9pab0y2d— NASA (@NASA) May 2, 2021This was the first nighttime splashdown of a U.S.-crewed spacecraft since Apollo 8’s return on Dec. 27, 1968, in the Pacific Ocean.“Recovery vessels are on the way to hoist the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft out of the ocean and place it inside the Dragon nest aboard,” NASA tweeted early on Sunday.Three NASA astronauts — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker — and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are making the journey home. They launched into orbit Nov. 15, 2020, in what was the first operational crewed flight for the Crew Dragon capsule as part of NASA’s commercial crew mission, and SpaceX’s second-ever crewed flight to space.For the past six months, the astronauts have worked on several experiments, including producing food in space by growing radishes in different types of light and soils. They also studied tissue chips that mimic human organs to learn more about how microgravity affects human health and diseases.The crew was in “great health” for the return flight, NASA said. Ahead of Saturday’s undocking, they were packing science freezers filled with research samples, personal items and emergency hardware in the Resilience spacecraft.“Coming home soon!” Hopkins, the Crew-1 Dragon resilience commander, tweeted hours before the undocking. “It’s been a great mission with great teams both on the ground and on @Space_Station.”Coming home soon! It’s been a great mission with great teams both on the ground and on @Space_Station. Here are some of my favorite memories from the past 6 and a half months on-orbit… pic.twitter.com/wRL9YQet4J— Mike Hopkins (@Astro_illini) May 1, 2021Glover, the crew’s pilot, expressed “gratitude, wonder, connection” after celebrating his 45th birthday in space on Friday.“This orbiting laboratory is a true testament to what we can accomplish when we work together as a team,” he said on Twitter. “Crew-1 is ready for our ride home!”Gratitude, wonder, connection. I’m full of and motivated by these feelings on my birthday, as my first mission to space comes to an end. This orbiting laboratory is a true testament to what we can accomplish when we work together as a team. Crew-1 is ready for our ride home! pic.twitter.com/CC6MajkZ1E— Victor Glover (@AstroVicGlover) April 30, 2021When they landed, the Crew-1 astronauts will have spent 168 days in space. Upon splashdown, they will return to Houston. The Dragon spacecraft will be recovered and return to Cape Canaveral, where it will be inspected and refurbished for future missions.Crew-1 was the first of six crewed missions NASA and SpaceX plan to fly as part of NASA’s commercial crew mission.The second mission in the program launched on April 23 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with four astronauts aboard the Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft, the same one used during the first-ever crewed SpaceX flight last May.The spacecraft docked at the International Space Station on April 24, after about a 23-hour ride. The Crew-2 astronauts will remain in space until October.The flights mark a yearslong effort between NASA and the private sector to bring launch capabilities back to U.S. soil and end a dependency on Russia for trips to the International Space Station.The Crew Dragon is the first spacecraft since the Space Shuttle to be certified by NASA to carry humans.ABC News’ Jon Haworth contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Alan Rusbridger, principal of Lady Margaret Hall and former editor of The Guardian, has resigned from the Future of Media Commission due to editorial concerns over an article by Roy Greenslade. Cahill called for the Irish government to remove Rusbridger due to the article’s lack of editorial insight. In the Irish Independent, Cahill wrote that as editor, Rusbridger was “ultimately responsible for it appearing on The Guardian platform”. The Guardian and Alan Rusbridger also issued an apology to Cahill. In an opinion article, Rusbridger said that while he was aware that Greenslade was a Sinn Féin supporter, he did not know that he supported the IRA’s campaign. Speaking to the Irish Times, he said: “I wish I’d known. I wouldn’t have published it now and I’m sorry.” Greenslade, a former Guardian columnist, recently admitted that he had been a supporter of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). After a BBC Spotlight program in 2014, Greenslade wrote an article critical of Máiría Cahill, an Irish politician who said she was sexually abused as a teenager by alleged IRA member Martin Morris. In the article, he wrote that Spotlight “were too willing to accept Cahill’s story and did not point to countervailing evidence”. In response to Rusbridger’s opinion piece, Máiría Cahill told Cherwell: “the Guardian article attempted to conflate the paper’s support for the peace process with their negligence on allowing the malicious Greenslade blog to be printed in 2014. This was not the issue at hand and I felt it was an attempt at deflection and minimisation. It was never about whether the paper was for or against peace – it was about the politically motivated maligning of a child abuse victim by an IRA supporting journalist for 6 years on the Guardian‘s website.”Alan Rusbridger declined to comment further. In a statement issued through the Irish Government press office, Rusbridger announced his resignation: “I was pleased to be invited by the Taoiseach to be part of the Future of the Media Commission […] The Commission is considering critical issues for Ireland and I don’t want my involvement to be a distraction from its work.” The Future of Media Commission was set up by the Irish Government in September 2020 to make recommendations on the future of media in Ireland and is due to publish its report later this year. A review by the Guardian’s readers’ editor found that Greenslade should have been open about his position. Greenslade said he regrets that he did not make his support for the IRA’s use of violence during the Troubles known and offered his “sincere apology for failing to disclose [his] own interests”. CW: Sexual Abuse Image Credit: Michele Agostinis / CC BY-SA-4.0
Pettis wins 17th Circuit seat Pettis wins 17th Circuit seat Ft. Lauderdale attorney Eugene K. Pettis has won the runoff in the special election for a Bar Board of Governors seat in the 17th Circuit.Pettis defeated Assistant Attorney General Allison K. Bethel 1,009 to 633 in the May balloting. Those two had led two other candidates in the first round of balloting in April, resulting to the runoff.The results were announced May 24.Pettis will replace late board member Henry Latimer, who was killed in a car crash in January, shortly after he had qualified uncontested for a new two-year term on the board.Pettis, along with other new and returning board members, will be sworn in June 24 at the General Assembly during the Bar’s Annual Meeting. June 15, 2005 Regular News