Atronauts arival

NASA astronauts' splashdown on August 2 was a success

On Sunday August 2 the astronaut veterans on board SpaceX Crew Dragon, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken made it back safely to Earth. Watch how it went in the video below.

  • SpaceX had launched and recovered an unpiloted Crew Dragon capsule in 2019.
  • Earlier this year they also did an in-flight abort, again unpiloted, all of which led to Hurley and Behnken going into space.
  • This was the program's first piloted mission, a test flight known as Demo 2. And the first splashdown in 45 years for NASA astronauts.

"It was truly our honor and privilege to fly the (inaugural) flight of the Crew Dragon Endeavour," said Hurley upon splashdown. "Congratulations to everybody at SpaceX."

Behnken also thanked SpaceX "Thank you for doing the most difficult parts, and the most important parts, of human spaceflight -- getting us into orbit and bringing us home safely."

Crew Dragon not only brought home the astronaut vets but also more than 330 pounds of frozen research specimens and samples. The American flag Hurley's shuttle crew left in 2011 was also brought back. It was the same flag that flew in 1981 and that will fly again in a few years to the moon aboard an Orion capsule as part of NASA's Artemis program.

After splashdown, Behnken and Hurley, were helped out while still wearing their spacesuits,

After the successful splashdown Crew Dragon may carry three NASA fliers and a Japanese astronaut to the International Space Station later this year. For the 2021 Crew Dragon will be refurbished in order to launch another four-person crew, including Behnken's wife, astronaut Megan McArthur.

Splashdown was as planned on the Glf of Mexico

Estefanía Martínez

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