NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The incident took place on Sunday as a historic two-month trip to space has ended.
Two drogue parachutes were deployed in the first place. After their deploying, the capsule’s main parachutes were followed. Thus, the spacecraft landed off the coast of Pensacola, at 2:48 p.m. EDT.
NASA Astronauts’ Historic Return to Earth
The astronauts named their spacecraft as “Endeavour”.
Hurley and Behnken, the veterans of Space Shuttle missions, had boarded the orbiting space lab on May 31. After the boarding, the launch of the Demo-2 mission from Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was followed.
SpaceX capsule splashes down
The weather conditions for the capsule’s return to Earth were considered ideal. The favorable weather conditions at the time of splashing down were at the wind of 2 knots.
The capsule was hoisted aboard the SpaceX recovery ship Go Navigator. The hatch of the capsule was, thus, opened at 3:59 p.m. EDT.
Behnken was the first to exit the capsule. The astronaut gave a thumbs up to the recovery team after exiting the capsule. The second astronaut, Hurley, followed shortly after who also gave a thumbs up.
President Donald Trump expressed his wishing through a tweet where thanked all the people. The tweet displayed that the president was happy about the successful return of the astronauts to the Earth.
NASA Astronauts Board International Space Station
Trump expressed his excitement through a tweet. Therefore, he remarked that the astronauts completed their first splashdown in 45 years.
Vice President Mike Pence, chair of National Space Council was also grateful for the successful return. Thus, he welcomed the astronauts on behalf of a grateful nation.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off on May 30, and therefore, wide publicity followed.
Earlier, the Endeavour Spacecraft was known as capsule 206. However, the astronauts renamed it as Endeavour.
Therefore, this shows that there is a continuation of the tradition of astronauts who name their capsules.