SpaceX crew returns to Earth in historic mission

SpaceX crew returns to Earth in historic mission

SpaceX crew returns to Earth in historic mission

SpaceX plans to help astronauts exit the capsule and collect the reusable vehicle within an hour of the splashdown.

It will mark the first landing at sea for US astronauts since 1975.

They are aiming to land their capsule by parachute in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola in west Florida.

Their proposed splash-down sites are on the western side of Florida, while tropical storm Isaias's path has it headed near the east coast of the state. The weather conditions in Pensacola were pretty close to ideal on Sunday afternoon when the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. Bob Behnken was sure to bring home the zero-G indicator that traveled with the astronauts during their ascent trip to the ISS, a stuffed toy apatosaurs dinosaur named Tremor.

Our crew's journey to Earth continues. Another landing attempt can be made in 24 to 48 hours. Rapid air compression and the friction between the air and spacecraft will heat the outside of the spacecraft to about 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit - a unsafe part of the journey.

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The other modern crewed vehicles, including Russia's Soyuz and China's Shenzhou, are created to land on the ground.

"Endeavour has you loud and clear", Hurley radioed following a brief communication blackout caused by the heat of atmospheric entry. The Crew Dragon Capsule carrying the two astronauts was, however, built by SpaceX. Since retiring its space shuttles in 2011, NASA has had to buy seats for its astronauts on Russian spaceships.

The astronauts told NASA they were "feeling good".

Sunday's landing was a crucial part of the mission. They also carry support crews and "fast boats" used to make initial contact and prepare the spacecraft for recovery. Crew Dragon's maneuvers will all be executed by on-board computers, and Behnken and Hurley will have plenty of food and water on the vehicle. Hooks holding the Crew Dragon in place on the Station will retract, releasing the capsule into house.

Delays to the Commercial Crew Program's first crewed flight and only two crewed Soyuz missions to the Station in 2020 necessitated a crew reduction from six to three beginning in April 2020.

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Musk monitored the descent and splashdown from SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California. But the most important part is bringing us home'.

It was the first human launch from the USA since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 and the first time a commercially built and launched vehicle carried NASA astronauts.

The flag - which also flew on the first shuttle flight in 1981 - became a prize for the company that launched astronauts first.

Two NASA astronauts are due to return to Earth with a rare splashdown off Florida, the first splashdown for 45 years.

Each Dragon capsule can be flown as many as five times and according to Reed, it should only take about two months to get Hurley and Behnken's capsule ready to fly again.

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