The first operational mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has ended successfully, with the vehicle bringing home four astronauts from the ISS in a first-in-decades nighttime splashdown.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon ‘Resilience’ capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City, Florida early on Sunday. The spacecraft brought three NASA astronauts and one from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) home from the International Space Station (ISS).

“We welcome you back to planet Earth, and thanks for flying SpaceX,” a SpaceX mission control official, Michael Heiman, told the astronauts. “For those of you enrolled in our frequent flier program, you have earned 68 million miles on this voyage.” (RT)