SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour, NASA’s first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade, returned safely to Earth on Sunday (August 2), splashing down into the water off Pensacola, Florida at 2:48 pm (1848 GMT).
The worthwhile mission was carried out collectively by SpaceX and NASA and it has confirmed that the US has the experience to ship its astronauts to deal with and convey them safely once more to the earth.
“Thanks for flying @SpaceX.”
Current Location: Planet Earth
— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2020
Endeavour’s water landing is necessary on account of it is the primary water landing for a crewed US spaceship as a result of the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission.
“It’s truly our honor and privilege,” said pilot Doug Hurley, who was joined on the mission by commander Bob Behnken.
“On behalf of the NASA and SpaceX teams, welcome back to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX,” replied SpaceX’s Mike Heiman.
Around an hour after splashdown, every the astronauts received right here out of the capsule and boarded a helicopter to realize the shore. Hurley and Bhenken would come to Houston on a plane the place they’ll meet their relations.
“We are entering a new era of human spaceflight, where NASA is no longer the purchaser, owner and operator of all the hardware,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a reputation with reporters.
“This is really just the beginning: we are starting the journey of bringing people regularly to and from low Earth orbit, on to the Moon, and then ultimately on to Mars,” added Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX.
US President Donald Trump has lauded the safe return of the astronauts. It is to be well-known that President Trump had travelled to Florida for the launch of the capsule two months prior to now.
“Thank you to all! Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after very successful two month mission,” tweeted Trump.
Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after very worthwhile two month mission. Thank you to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@preciseDonaldTrump) August 2, 2020
The success of this mission can be seen as a critical victory for Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which has now raced ahead of Boeing, its major competitor throughout the enterprise home race.
Behnken and Hurley spent spherical two months on the ISS following the historic launch of the Demo-2 mission from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30.