Returns to the Earth with a successful first crewed space mission in the united States since a decade ago
Returns to the Earth with a successful first crewed space mission in the united States since a decade ago

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Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley left the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the capsule Dragon will Endeavour SpaceX this Saturday. Today, Sunday, at 20.50 hours of Spain, the two NASA astronauts have fallen in a controlled manner in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, after a trip of 19 hours from the International Space Station (ISS).

this Is the end of the historic mission Demo-2 which was launched on 30 may in Cape Canaveral (Florida), which has certified the capacity of SpaceX, the company Elon Musk, to make space travel commercial. The flight Behnken and Hurley has been the first from american soil and on a commercial vessel up to the ISS, since that was concluded in 2011, the program shuttle of NASA.

as planned, the capsule landed smoothly on the surface of the sea with the help of several parachute at a point in the gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, on the northwest coast of Florida (USA). The ship Navigator of SpaceX was alert to only three nautical miles from the site to recover the ship and its crew.

The u.s. agency was very aware of the tropical storm Isaiah, who was coming to the east coast of Florida after passing through the Bahamas and the Caribbean. In the beginning, it was difficult to return to earth more near Cape Canaveral, the place where he left the Dragon Endeavour to board a rocket Falcon 9 SpaceX.

The capsule, after it land on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico – AFP”Keep them in the orbit of the earth”

that’s why, throughout the day yesterday and today, both NASA as SpaceX estuieron closely following weather forecasts that could jeopardise the landing. “If there was a change in the weather in the next few hours, we could still keep Behnken and Hurley in the earth’s orbit. Have enough supplies on board to remain inside a couple of days”, he went on to say the spokesman of NASA, Leah Cheshier. That ensured those responsible, would give us enough time for the weather to improve or to find another location for the plunge of the capsule.

The end has not been necessary to have any plan b. “It’s great to see our NASA astronauts return to Earth two months after a mission very successful. Thank you all!”, commented the president of the united States, Donald Trump, shortly after the space shuttle is pose on the Gulf of Mexico. “It’s very exciting,” he added.

Behnken and Hurley had been fired on Saturday night from his peers of the ERA: Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, both Russian, and the captain Chris Cassidy, head of the mission. After, the first to be warned in a message: “The most difficult thing was to get in orbit, but more important is to go back home.” Then show a dinosaur dedicated to his son and the children that they have supported you during this mission of two months.

45 years after

Both have come to the Earth after being asleep for eight of the 19 hours spent on the return trip from the ISS. After they were awakened from the control center with an audio recording of the children of both, as reported by NASA. In total were 62 days aboard the ISS, during which they gave to 1,024 times around the Earth, spent 114 hours to the research and saw in and out of the station several space vehicles. For its part, Behnken conducted four spacewalks with another NASA astronaut, the aforementioned Cassidy, who was on the ISS when they arrived.

Both the outward journey as the return has been historic, as it has been the first time in 45 years that the people have been able to watch the splashdown of a spacecraft. The last time was July 21, 1975, when the crew of a mission of Apollo-Soyuz fell to the Pacific ocean, near Hawaii.

In 2014, NASA awarded Boeing and SpaceX contracts for a total of 6,800 million dollars to develop the program commercial space transportation and stop relying on the spacecraft the Russian Soyuz, which put in orbit the astronauts of the u.s. agency from which is cancelled its shuttle programme in 2011.

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