SpaceX Demo-2 Landing

SpaceX Demo-2 Landing

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Program was the first to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft. Behnken and Hurley returned after spending 64 days in space. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Photo by: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Congrats NASA and SpaceX! Here's a Recap of the Splashdown to Earth

On Sunday, August 2 at 2:48P ET, NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley successfully returned home to Planet Earth. Here's everything that happened from undocking from the ISS to splashing down into the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida.

August 02, 2020

After just over a 2 month stay at the International Space Station, NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley began their journey back to Earth. On Saturday around 7:34P ET, the SpaceX Crew Dragon successfully undocked from the International Space Station, setting the astronauts on course to enter back into the Earth's atmosphere for a splashdown landing on Sunday afternoon.

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Space Launch LIVE: SpaceX Crew Dragon Undocked and Ready to Return 00:58

NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley return to Earth somewhere in the ocean near Florida after just over two months at the International Space Station. The first step was completed today at around 7:30 P ET, with a successful undocking from ISS.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Undocked and Ready to Return

NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley return to Earth somewhere in the ocean near Florida after just over two months at the International Space Station. The first step was completed today at around 7:30 P ET, with a successful undocking from ISS.

At 2:48P ET, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico, near Pensacola, FL on Sunday, August 2. The SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown marks the first crew recovery at sea for NASA Astronauts since the year of the final Apollo spacecraft mission in 1975. Follow Bob and Doug's journey home.

Moments from Space Launch LIVE: Splashdown

Space Launch LIVE: Crew Dragon Splashdown! 00:46

Congrats to NASA and SpaceX! At 2:48P ET, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico, near Pensacola, FL. Today's SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown marks the first crew recovery at sea for NASA Astronauts since the year of the final Apollo spacecraft mission in 1975.

Space Launch LIVE: NASA Astronauts Safely Out of the Hatch 02:08

After the successful splashdown, the Crew Dragon was lifted out of the water and on to the Go Navigator. With safety checks cleared, the hatch is opened and NASA Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are seen safely exiting the Dragon Endeavor spacecraft.

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This historic milestone is the first time a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft has returned from the ISS to complete a test flight. Congrats to NASA and SpaceX on the beginning to a new era in human spaceflight.

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