NASA Astronauts Returned Home in SpaceX Capsule in 1st Splashdown in 45 Years

    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.

    NASA Astronauts at Gulf of Mexico
    Image by NASA
    NASA Astronauts Splashed Down in the Gulf of Mexico

    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.

    SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft

    SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft
    Image- Screenshot from National Geography (PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRIS CASSIDY) Docked to the International Space Station on July 1

    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.

    Hurley works on the International Space Station
    Image- Screenshot from National Geography

    Behnken Space Selfie
    Image- Screenshot from National Geography

    Sunrise From ISS
    Image- Screenshot from National Geography
    Bob Behnken captured the Sunrise from the ISS on July 27.
    The space station orbits the Earth roughly every 90 minutes.

    Two Spacewalkers
    Image- Screenshot from National Geography
    Bob Behnken (left) and Chris Cassidy (Right)

    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.

    Returning Home

    Source: National Geography and NY Times

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