Crew Dragon nears splashdown within the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. [credit: Bill Inglalls/NASA ]
They made it.
On Sunday afternoon a barely charred spacecraft dropped out of the blue sky, and splashed down right into a placid Gulf of Mexico. The protected return of NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken from orbit capped a virtually 64-day mission that proved the viability of a brand new spacecraft constructed by SpaceX, Crew Dragon. It was a whole success.
“This was a unprecedented day,” mentioned Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief working officer of SpaceX, throughout a post-flight information convention. “It was an unlimited reduction after months of tension.”
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