As the first commercial manned mission to the International Space Station returned to Earth, two American astronauts dismounted one after another.
A SpaceX Dragon Capsule carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken fell in the Gulf of Mexico south of Pensacola on the Florida Gulf Coast.
A rescue boat drove in to pick up vehicles and indulge people.
The touchdown was the first time someone in the United States landed by water since the Apollo command module was dispatched 45 years ago.
Hurley and Behnken’s capsules hit the surface at approximately 1
Due to concerns about harmful chemicals emitted by the propulsion system of the capsule, private ships near the dragon were asked to leave.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the ship’s existence was “not what we expected.”
He said: “It is not common that nitrogen tetroxide in the atmosphere makes passersby close to the vehicle; this is not a good thing.” “And we need to ensure that we warn people not to approach the spacecraft in the future.”
Photos of the boat are shared on social media.
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When the astronaut returned home, Hurley said: “This is indeed our honor and honor.”
“On behalf of the SpaceX and Nasa teams, welcome back to Earth. Thank you for driving SpaceX,” SpaceX Mission Control responded.
President Donald Trump-who attended the launch ceremony of the capsule on May 30-praised his safe return.
“Thank you!” He tweeted. “It was very successful for NASA astronauts to return to Earth after successfully completing their two-month mission.”
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The successful end of the crew mission opened a new era for NASA.
In the future, it will be necessary to purchase all its human transportation needs above the earth from private companies such as SpaceX.
Government agencies say that signing up with service providers in this way will save billions of dollars, which can be used to send astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis program and then Mars.
The Dragon capsule was launched to the space station at the end of May via the Falcon 9 rocket also provided by SpaceX.
The mission of Hurley and Behnken is an end-to-end demonstration of astronauts’ “taxi service”. The company is owned by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and will sell it to NASA from now on.
Boeing is also developing a passenger compartment solution, but had to postpone its launch after experiencing software issues on the Starliner vehicle.
The four main parachutes of the aircraft were seen falling over the Gulf of Mexico, which confirmed that the spacecraft survived the blazing descent in the atmosphere.
The parachute then slowed the capsule from about 350 mph (560 km/h) to only about 15 mph (7m/s) during landing.
Use the rigging to lift the capsule from the water to the recovery container. Before the hatch opened, the technicians monitored the “residual vapor” around the spacecraft.
They were checked by medical staff before flying to the shore by helicopter.
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The astronaut’s “Dragon” capsule was launched to the space station at the end of May using a Falcon 9 rocket, which was also provided by SpaceX.
It will be refurbished now and will fly again next year.
Mr. Bradenstein praised the efforts of everyone involved in the mission of Hurley and Behnken, and then talked about the philosophical transformation of his agency.
He said: “We don’t want to buy, own and operate hardware like before.”
“We hope to be one of many customers in a very strong commercial market in low earth orbit. However, we also hope that many providers will compete with each other in cost, innovation and safety, and truly create this kind of benignity. Recycling. Economic development and capacity.”
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell (Gwynne Shotwell) added: “Today is a beautiful day. We should celebrate what we have achieved here and let Bob and Doug return, but we should also Seen as a springboard program to do more difficult things with Alemis. Then, of course, head to Mars.”
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