Watch SpaceX Dragon splashdown landing off Florida coast
First manned space flight from American soil in several years completed
American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the ISS on SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. Their flight was the first NASA manned mission launched from American soil in nine years..
Behnken and Hurley undocked from the station on Saturday evening and embarked on a 21-hour journey home, gradually lowering their orbit..
NASA’s mission control teams at SpaceX’s Houston headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. Have given the go-ahead to activate the braking impulse when the lander enters Earth’s atmosphere. This happened about an hour before splashdown off the coast of Florida..
The successful splashdown was the final test of the ability of the spacecraft developed by Elon Musk to deliver astronauts into orbit and return them home. This is the first breakthrough of its kind by a private company..
After splashdown, the crew can spend up to one hour in the descent vehicle until rescue teams from SpaceX and NASA transport the astronauts to shore. There they will be examined by doctors, after which they will be taken to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston..