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Space X Capsule Returns Safely

  • 04 Aug 2020
  • 3 min read

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Recently, two National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have returned to earth in their SpaceX Dragon capsule named Endeavour, in less than a day after departing the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Their capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida Panhandle (USA), which was one of the approximate locations.

Key Points

  • It was the first splashdown by the USA astronauts in 45 years, with the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to carry people to and from orbit.
    • The last time NASA astronauts returned from space to water was on 24th July 1975, in the Pacific to end a joint USA-Soviet mission known as the Apollo-Soyuz.
      • The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was the first spaceflight to include two participating nations working together with their own national spacecraft.
      • The Americans sent up an Apollo command module, while the Soviet launched a Soyuz spacecraft.
  • Space X Crew Dragon:
    • It is a reusable spacecraft developed and manufactured by American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX.
      • SpaceX is a private company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk. Its headquarters is located in Hawthorne, California (USA).
    • It is the fifth class of the USA spacecraft to take human beings into orbit, after the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.
    • The rocket Falcon 9 was launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on 31st May 2020 and carried the spaceship into the orbit.
    • The whole mission was carried out under the Demo-2 Mission of NASA and SpaceX.
  • Significance:
    • It clears the way for another SpaceX crew launch and possible tourist flights from 2021.
    • SpaceX has now become the first private company to send humans to orbit who have spent more than two months on the space station.
    • The landmark mission marked the first time the USA space agency launched humans from American soil since its shuttle program retired in 2011.
      • Since then, the USA has relied on Russia's space program to launch its astronauts to the space station.

Source: TH

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