NASA Astronauts came back safely from International Space Station.
NASA Astronauts came back safelyfrom the International Space Station.
August 4, 2020.
NASA Astronauts came back safely from International Space Station. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley came back on Sunday safely from the International Space Station after completing a long overnight journey of 21 hours. The spacecraft landed safely in the calm Gulf of Mexico waters off the coast of Pensacola, Fla. Astronauts had used the Gulf as a landing site for the first time in the 59-year history of crewed American space travel. This achievement added a new chapter in NASA’s human spaceflight program.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a press conference after the two astronauts had come out from the capsule that “Today we really made history. We are entering a new era of human spaceflight.” “It’s truly our honor and privilege,” said pilot Doug Hurley, who was joined on the mission by commander Bob Behnken.
it is “an extraordinary mission,” said Gwynne Shotwell, president, and chief operating officer of SpaceX, the private company that engineered the flight. She also said, “This is really just the beginning.” She added, “We are starting the journey of bringing people regularly to and from low Earth orbit, then onto the moon and then ultimately onto Mars.”
There were many boats floating in the gulf waters which act as a recovery ship for the capsule return back from the International Space Station. The astronauts came out from the capsule a little bit late because there was a leak of rocket fuel vapor and a team worked to stop it. The two astronauts emerged from the capsule after about an hour of the landing and then they moved toward the shore in a helicopter.
After that, both the crew members meet their families in Houston where they moved off a plane. Behnken congratulated the team of Space X behind the successful mission.
The US President Donald Trump had traveled to Florida for the capsule’s launch two months ago and he also hailed for its safe return. He tweeted, “Thank you to all!”. He added, ” Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after a very successful two-month mission.”
In earlier times, since the last space shuttle flight in 2011, the US has had to depend on Russia for its rides to space. But now they are moving towards self-dependence for its space flights to the International Space Station and in this way they make history. The US has paid the two companies a total of about $7 billion for their “space taxi” contracts, though aerospace giant Boeing’s efforts have badly floundered.
In order to return home safely, the Crew Dragon capsule performed a number of precisely choreographed sequences. First of all, it dropped its “trunk” that contains its power, heat, and other systems, which burned up in the atmosphere. Moreover, it fired its thrusters to put itself into the proper orbit and trajectory for landing on the station. To add on, As it re-entered the atmosphere at a speed of around 17,500 mph (28,000 kph), it experienced a temperature of 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
To bring its speed down to just 15 mph when it landed at the gulf waters of Mexico, two sets of parachutes were deployed on it. The return of the Capsule marks only the beginning for the Crew Dragon as NASA and Space X looking forward to future missions.