Historic SpaceX launch sends NASA astronauts into space
SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans toward orbit from Florida on Saturday in a mission that marks the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.
Liftoff." And with that - history was made, Saturday, as billionaire Elon Musk’s private rocket company ‘SpaceX’ launched two Americans into orbit... The first time a commercially developed vehicle has carried Americans into space.
And - the mission marks the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the10th batch of Starlink satellites forthe company's internet satellite constellation system and two spacecraft fromSpaceflight customer BlackSky launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida earlyFriday. The rocket carried with it 59 satellites for deployment. The rocket'sfirst stage returned to earth minutes after launch, landing cleanly on a droneship.
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Nasa astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have said SpaceX’s astronautcarrier, the Crew Dragon, is ready to go on further missions following itssplashdown return on Sunday. The spacecraft landed on Sunday in the ocean offthe coast of Florida after a 19-hour journey from the International SpaceStation.
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U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday (August 2) after a two-month voyage that was NASA's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years.
In a dramatic splashdown, two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on SpaceX capsule on Sunday. It was also the first splashdown by US astronauts in 45 years. Test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken arrived back on Earth in their SpaceX Dragon capsule named Endeavour, less than a day after departing the International Space Station and two months after blasting off from Florida. The capsule parachuted into the calm gulf waters about 40 miles off the coast of Pensacola, hundreds of miles from Tropical Storm Isaias pounding Florida’s Atlantic coast. “Welcome back to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX,” said Mission Control from SpaceX headquarters.
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U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was NASA's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
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