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Crew Dragon successfully returns to Earth

August 3, 2020 | Comment icon 25 comments

Four parachutes slowed the capsule's descent. Image Credit: SpaceX / NASA
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have safely returned home after two months in space.
The pair, who launched to the International Space Station aboard the first ever manned SpaceX Crew Dragon flight back on May 30th, successfully splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, marking the end of NASA's first crewed mission from US soil in nine years.

Behnken and Hurley spent 21 hours aboard the capsule during their return trip and their splashdown in the ocean is the first of its kind by NASA since the Apollo program 45 years ago.

"Thanks for doing the most difficult parts and the most important parts of human spaceflight - getting us into orbit and bringing us home," said Behnken as he emerged from the capsule.
"I'm just proud to be a small part of this whole effort to get a company and people to and from the space station," Hurley added.

Their return marks the end of an extremely successful debut manned mission for SpaceX, paving the way for NASA to use its Crew Dragon for trips to the ISS for the foreseeable future.

"This day heralds a new age of space exploration," said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

"I'm not very religious, but I prayed for this one."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (25)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by docyabut2 1 year ago
Glad they are back safe and sound .:)   it is interesting the testing of cancers 'Tumors in Space' project studies cancer risk of cosmic radiation https://phys.org/news/2019-10-tumors-space-cancer-cosmic.html
Comment icon #17 Posted by docyabut2 1 year ago
 Sorry should start this to another thread , our new studies of the cancers in the Hurley and Behnken flight; I know our scientists can prove cells are divided , clone a cell, but can`nt  stopped a cell from growing.  
Comment icon #18 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 1 year ago
first time after 10 years USA has a solid human rated space program again. This is history in the making. Thanks alot SPACEX   Hey psss Boeing, watch and learn
Comment icon #19 Posted by and then 1 year ago
Damn!  I hadn't been paying attention and this happened, literally a half-hour away    Maybe next time  
Comment icon #20 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 1 year ago
That's Endeavour... it has the British spelling. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Hammerclaw 1 year ago
Absolutely. The namesake of HMS Endeavour. Lieutenant Cook's ship. Read a history of the voyage as a boy, dreaming of exotics places and golden cities far.
Comment icon #22 Posted by acidhead 1 year ago
Comment icon #23 Posted by RavenHawk 1 year ago
It's time to binge on "Men into Space". https://www.solie.org/alibrary/MenIntoSpace.html https://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x5mxxm (not all episodes appear in the dailymotion playlist but you can search)  
Comment icon #24 Posted by acidhead 1 year ago
Comment icon #25 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 1 year ago
That is exactly the root of the name. Both Behnken and Hurley made their first spaceflight aboard the shuttle Endeavour. They named the Crew Dragon capsule after the shuttle. The shuttle was named after HMS Endeavour.  The Apollo 15 Command/Service module was also named Endeavour (also British spelling) so the Crew Dragon is the 3rd U.S. spacecraft to bear that name. 

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