NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, launched into space to go to the International Space Station (ISS) with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket last May, have just landed on the earth again after nearly two months in space. Astronauts left the ISS last night around 2:30.
Crew Dragon successfully landed on earth:
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 2, 2020
Starting from the International Space Station last night journey, the capsule in the evening at 21:48 hours with Turkey as scheduled today ended with no safe landing in the Gulf of Mexico. After entering the atmosphere, Crew Dragon, which opened four giant orange-white parachutes, landed at 25 kilometers per hour near Pensacola, Florida.
Our recovery teams are making sure that there are no poisonous fumes around the capsule, both for the safety of @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug and the people recovering them from the water. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/iUZDb957Kl
— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2020
The heat shields contained in the capsule during landing reached up to 2000 degrees Celsius. When the earth was approached 5 kilometers high, the small parachutes of the capsule were activated. When the earth was 1.7 kilometers away, the main parachutes were opened and a slow glide was made towards the water. After landing, two small boats of SpaceX went to the landing area and began preparations for the main rescue ship from which the capsule would be removed.
Elon Musk announced the landing of Crew Dragon on Twitter:
Millions of people witnessed live landing moments from NASA and SpaceX’s YouTube channels live. “Dragon is fixed on the water,” said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who shared his Twitter account after historical moments.
Crew Dragon will be used to regularly take NASA astronauts to ISS:
Upon successful completion of the demo-2 mission, NASA will use Crew Dragon to bring his astronauts to ISS on a regular basis, and will end his commitment to the Russian Soyuz rocket.
Crew Dragon will go to ISS 6 more times, depending on the space agency’s contract with SpaceX. The first of these flights is planned to begin in late September.