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US NASA astronauts riding SpaceX capsule poised for weekend return, weather permitting

14:25  01 august  2020
14:25  01 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

NASA astronauts in SpaceX capsule splash down to earth

  NASA astronauts in SpaceX capsule splash down to earth Two NASA astronauts in a SpaceX capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday afternoon, concluding a two-month journey that began as the first manned mission launched from U.S. soil in almost a decade. The two astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, splashed down in the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour, the first water landing of an American mission since 1975. In its first mission-control transmission to Behnken and Hurley, mission control quipped "Thank you for flying SpaceX," according to CNN. The astronauts, referencing flight doctors waiting to examine them, responded "Let them know we're feeling good.""Thanks for flying @SpaceX.

(Reuters) - The two NASA astronauts who rode to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX 's new Crew Drago are due to return on Sunday after a nearly four-month voyage that marked NASA 's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years. U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley

NASA is monitoring the weather , as Hurricane Isaias could delay the return . The first US astronauts to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on an American Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took off aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 30.

By Joey Roulette

a group of people standing in a room: NASA astronaut Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrive at the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule in this still image taken from video © Reuters/NASA NASA astronaut Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrive at the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule in this still image taken from video

(Reuters) - The two NASA astronauts who rode to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's new Crew Drago are due to return on Sunday after a nearly four-month voyage that marked NASA's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years. U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who launched to the space station in May, are expected to board Crew Dragon around 5:30 p.m. ET and splash down at one of seven landing sites in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean at about 2:48 p.m. ET on Sunday.

'Rise and shine, dad': NASA astronauts on overnight trip home in SpaceX capsule

  'Rise and shine, dad': NASA astronauts on overnight trip home in SpaceX capsule 'Rise and shine, dad': NASA astronauts on overnight trip home in SpaceX capsule(Reuters) - U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, were riding the capsule home for a splashdown 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.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are ready to return to Earth after riding a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space After a busy two months in space , the first two NASA astronauts to visit the International Space Station on a commercial vehicle are ready to come

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are scheduled to depart the International Space Station on Saturday and splash down off the coast of Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley, at the International Space Station shortly after arriving aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. NASA .

a group of people standing in a room: FILE PHOTO: NASA astronaut Bob Behnken arrives at the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule in this still image taken from video © Reuters/NASA NASA FILE PHOTO: NASA astronaut Bob Behnken arrives at the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule in this still image taken from video

NASA and SpaceX are monitoring the path of Hurricane Isaias, a category 1 cyclone approaching Florida's east coast that could force officials to postpone the homecoming into next week.

"We have plenty of opportunities here in August and we're in no hurry to come home," NASA's commercial crew manager Steve Stich said, adding the next return opportunity opens on Monday should Isaias force a delay.

Stich said Crew Dragon, an acorn-shaped pod that can seat up to seven astronauts, has been in a "very healthy" condition since docking on May 31 to the space station, where astronauts have been conducting tests and monitoring how the spacecraft performs over time in space.

Live: Watch NASA astronauts splash down near Florida in a SpaceX Crew Dragon

  Live: Watch NASA astronauts splash down near Florida in a SpaceX Crew Dragon After a roughly two-month stay on the ISS, NASA astronauts Behnken and Hurley are set for a Sunday splashdown in their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.Sunday afternoon, the spacecraft will conduct several maneuvers and burns to position them for a fiery Earth re-entry and eventual 2:48 p.m. EDT splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, the first-ever astronauts to travel into orbit aboard a commercially developed spacecraft, are aiming to return to Earth this weekend — if an incoming SpaceX set to bring NASA astronauts home from historic mission ( weather permitting ).

Weather permitting , NASA and SpaceX are targeting 2:42 p.m. EDT Sunday, Aug. 2, for the splashdown and conclusion of the Demo-2 test flight The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour, lifted off May 30 on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA 's

Upon a successful splashdown, the spacecraft will have completed its final key test to prove it can transport astronauts to and from space — a task SpaceX has accomplished dozens of times with its cargo-only capsule but never before with humans aboard.

"The water landing portion of it is pretty challenging from a physiological standpoint, just after coming back from being in microgravity," Hurley, a veteran of two shuttle missions, told reporters in a phone briefing on Friday.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX became the first private company to send humans to orbit in May with the launch of Behnken and Hurley, who will have spent more than two months on the space station upon returning.

The mission marked the first time NASA launched humans from U.S. soil since its shuttle program retired in 2011. Since then the United States has relied on Russia's space program to launch its astronauts to the space station. Hoping to galvanize a commercial space marketplace, NASA awarded nearly $8 billion to SpaceX and Boeing Co collectively in 2014 to develop dueling space capsules, experimenting with a contract model that allows the space agency to buy astronaut seats from the two companies.

(Reporting by Joey Roulette; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Daniel Wallis)

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