Crew Dragon capsule splashes down safely

Four astronauts, including Japan's Hoshide Akihiko, have safely returned to Earth after spending some 200 days aboard the International Space Station.

The Crew Dragon capsule, carrying the four, deployed its parachutes and splashed down off the coast of Florida shortly past 22:30 EST on Monday.

The capsule had undocked from the ISS about eight and a half hours earlier.

In a first for a Crew Dragon spacecraft, the capsule circled within about 200 meters of the ISS to take detailed photos of the orbiting outpost on its return to Earth.

The mission was Hoshide's third space flight. He is the second Japanese to serve as ISS commander. He also conducted the fourth spacewalk of his career.