NASA-manned SpaceX capsule returns to earth, touches down in ocean

NASA-manned SpaceX capsule returns to earth, touches down in ocean

- The SpaceX capsule that historically took two astronauts into space has returned to earth

- Elon Musk's Dragon Capsule entered earth's atmosphere on Sunday afternoon, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico

- It brought home astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley after about two months at the International Space Station

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NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have returned home in the SpaceX capsule after nearly two months in space. On Sunday, Dragon Capsule - the first privately built aircraft to carry NASA astronauts into space - splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurley and Behnken were on board when the SpaceX capsule touched down in what was described as a "physically demanding way to return to Earth".

Videos and photos were posted online by both NASA and SpaceX. In one of the clips, Hurley could be heard saying “all good” shortly after splashdown.

NASA-manned SpaceX capsule returns to earth, touches down in ocean
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have returned back home in the SpaceX capsule after about two months at the International Space Station (ISS). Photo: @SpaceX.
Source: Twitter

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People around the world could watch a live-stream of the command centre and final minutes of the capsule’s descent back into orbit. SpaceX shared a video of the astronauts' landing, captioning it:

"Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed! Welcome back to Earth, @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug!"

Take a look at the video below:

The Daily Wire reported the NASA astronauts nicknamed the spacecraft "Endeavour" and Hurley was the first to emerge following the landing.

He said:

"To anybody who has touched Endeavour, you should take a moment to just cherish this day, especially given all the things that have happened this year. We certainly can’t thank you enough, our families can’t thank you enough.”

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Although both men were fine, the landing was not the easiest to pull off. Hurley explained during a press conference from space on Friday that a splash landing takes a physical toll on a person.

The duo had to exercise in space to get their bodies ready for the challenging descend back to earth.

Briefly.co.za previously reported in May, that Elon Musk SpaceX successfully launched two people into orbit.

The launch is a major step in the right direction for SpaceX to help commercialise space. Musk has since opened up about the victory, adding it is a dream come true.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated Musk on the historic feat. The SA government shared Ramaphosa's message on its official website. The head of state said:

"In the midst of our struggle against Covid-19, Elon Musk has made us proud as a country and continent.
“The Dragon’s successful flight to the International Space Station speaks of the ability of a resilient, industrious, fearless and visionary individual to harness talent and material resources to open new frontiers of hope, adventure and opportunity for generations into the future."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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