On the first Water landing by an American space crew since 1975, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth. NASA astronauts splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, after becoming the first to fly a SpaceX Dragon.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley came down on Earth after their two-month trip aboard the ISS (International Space Station), parachuting into a SpaceX Dragon Capsule.
The two astronauts fly home completes a landmark trial flight called Demo-2, which after nearly ten years of rest returned crew power to the United States. This took shape on May 30th when astronauts piloted NASA for the first time, instead of the space agency itself, on a spacecraft owned and run by a private corporation.
“Good night from Endeavour.” From the Dragon Endeavour spacecraft in orbit, @Astro_Doug thanks the @SpaceX team in Hawthorne before crew sleep time begins. On Sunday, Aug. 2, he & @AstroBehnken will wake up at 7:40am ET. Splashdown off the coast of Florida is at 2:48pm ET. pic.twitter.com/QjWqJ1eoIt
— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2020
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft
Riding a Column of Blinding Rocket, Behnken and Hurley took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On 31 May they docked their spacecraft and joined a team of three who were already at the station.
SpaceX Crews Visited to Receive Astronauts from the Capsule
SpaceX crews visited the capsule to receive their members. SpaceX crews on the boats instructed them to move further and to maintain the safety zone around the vehicle because spacecraft toxic propellant emissions would put passengers at risk on nearby vessels.
— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) August 2, 2020