A pair of NASA astronauts face the final part of their SpaceX test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in a farewell ceremony at the International Space Station, hours ahead of their planned departure.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of NASA astronauts face the final and most important part of their SpaceX test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown. Doug Hurley and Bob...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of NASA astronauts face the final and most important part of their SpaceX test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown.Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in a farewell ceremony Saturday at the International Space Station, several hours ahead of their planned departure on a SpaceX Dragon capsule.
Despite approachingHurricane Isaias, NASA said the weather looks favorable for a Sunday afternoon splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida. It will be the first splashdown for astronauts in 45 years. The last time was following the joint U.S.-Soviet mission in 1975 known as Apollo-Soyuz.
ADVERTISEMENTThe astronauts’ homecoming will cap a two-month mission that ended a prolonged launch drought in the U.S., which has relied on Russian rockets to ferry astronauts to the space station since the end of the shuttle era.In launching Hurley and Behnken from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on May 30, SpaceX became the first private company to send people into orbit. Now SpaceX is on the verge of becoming the first company to bring people back from orbit.
“The hardest part was getting us launched, but the most important is bringing us home,” Behnken said.A successful splashdown, Behnken said, will bring U.S.-crew launching capability “full circle.”Space station commander Chris Cassidy, who will remain on board with two Russians until October, presented Hurley with the small U.S. flag left behind by the previous astronauts to launch to the space station from U.S. soil, in July 2011. Hurley was the pilot of that final shuttle mission.
The flag — which also flew on the first shuttle flight in 1981 — became a prize for the company that launched astronauts first.Elon Musk’s SpaceX easily beat Boeing, which isn’t expected to launch its first crew until next year and will land in the U.S. Southwest. The flag has one more flight after this one: to the moon on NASA’s Artemis program in the next few years.
“We’re a little sad to see them go,” Cassidy said, “but very excited for what it means to our international space program to add this capability” of commercial crew capsules. The next SpaceX crew flight is targeted for the end of September.Hurley and Behnken also are bringing back a sparkly blue and purple dinosaur named Tremor. Their young sons chose the toy to accompany their fathers on the historic mission.
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The first astronauts launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company undocked from the International Space Station on Saturday night for the final and most important part of their test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown. You in International Space Station 08012020 14:00hr. ET. Each human on station take great care of yourself and each other. Astro_SEAL AstroBehnken Astro_Christina Astro_Doug AstroMCollins MeghanMcCain
I’d stay up there as long as possible, if I were them... You’ll be fine. Godspeed. Relax. Safe trip home.🙏🙏
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History-making NASA-SpaceX astronauts returning from International Space StationTheir return would mark the first time a commercially built American spacecraft returned from space. It's also NASA's first crewed water landing since 1975. Are they sure they want to come back GioBenitez Trust me. Stay up there, fellas. GioBenitez
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