Four astronauts returned to Earth at night: a first in 45 years

Four astronauts returned to Earth at night: a first in 45 years


Astronauts are not making a night landing on Earth for the first time, but this option is seldom preferred.

In 1968, astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission landed at night.

In 1976, Russian cosmonauts in space with the Soyuz 23 mission landed at night.

There has been no night landing since then. Thus, the astronauts who served in the ISS became people who landed on Earth at night 45 years later.


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