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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule makes splashdown with NASA astronauts

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The SpaceX Crew Dragon landed within the Gulf of Mexico on 2 August

NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are again on Earth after their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule made a profitable splashdown.

The pair landed within the sea, off the coast of Florida, at round 7.48pm UK time on 2 August, after a 19-hour journey from the International Space Station (ISS).

Mission management mentioned simply after splashdown: “On behalf of the SpaceX and NASA teams, welcome back to planet Earth. Thanks for flying SpaceX.”

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Behnken and Hurley made historical past on 30 May once they became the first people to launch into low-Earth orbit on a commercial spacecraft, constructed by SpaceX.

Their mission, named Demo-2, additionally marked the primary time NASA had launched astronauts from US soil in 9 years, after the house shuttle fleet was retired.

The splashdown has ushered in a brand new period for NASA, which now has not less than one industrial craft prepared to hold folks into house from the US.

It was the ultimate step within the mission designed to check SpaceX’s human spaceflight system – together with launch, docking, return and restoration operations.

The aerospace firm’s first operational flight, Crew-1, is anticipated to happen in September, the place a second Crew Dragon spacecraft will carry 4 astronauts to the ISS.

The capsule that carried Hurley and Behnken there might be refurbished and launched on SpaceX’s second operational crewed mission, Crew-2, resulting from happen early subsequent 12 months.

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