Elon’s glee: Five hours after splashdown, a small event is held to welcome Bob and Doug back home. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk — the billionaire entrepreneur who founded SpaceX 18 years ago with the grand aim of creating a reusable space transportation system — said the successful Demo-2 mission marked “a new age of space exploration,” adding, “We’re going to go to the moon, we’re going to have a base on the moon, we’re going to send people to Mars, and make life multiplanetary.” NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said: “You just can’t put into words how important this [mission] was for our country to have access to space again from our own soil.” … [Read more...] about Liftoff to splashdown: SpaceX’s historic Crew Dragon mission in pictures
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With the Crew Dragon back on Earth, the test flight is complete and the operational flights can begin. NASA recently announced the crew members for the Crew-2 flight of Crew Dragon, including NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The mission is planned for spring 2021. … [Read more...] about Crew Dragon splashes down safely, returning NASA astronauts to Earth
Assuming Crew Dragon Endeavour comes through with flying colors, the first operational mission, called Crew-1, should launch in September for the ISS with Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, and mission specialist Shannon Walker — all of NASA — together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s mission specialist Soichi Noguchi. … [Read more...] about After splashdown, what’s next for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft?
Behnken and Hurley are currently aboard the Crew Dragon and are making the 19-hour journey back to Earth. As they approach the planet, the Crew Dragon capsule will jettison its trunk, or the large ring that it sits in, and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. The capsule will deploy two sets of parachutes to slow it down as it moves through the atmosphere, and then should splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 2. … [Read more...] about Crew Dragon is undocked and on its way home from International Space Station
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