Updated: August 3, 2020 8:09:19 pm
People on social media cheered as SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts splashed down safely Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico.
The spacecraft carrying astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley touched down, putting an end to a historic two-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission was tracked live on the internet by hundreds.
The mission marked the first human spaceflight through a government-private partnership. It also marks the first time astronauts are being launched from American soil since 2011.
Videos of the splashdown, which were widely shared on social media show the Crew Dragon named Endeavour by the astronauts, descending before landing in the water.
Take a look here:
“Thanks for flying @SpaceX.”
📍 Current Location: Planet Earth
— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2020
According to reports, the capsule parachuted into the water about 40 miles off the coast of Pensacola.
The return clears the way for another SpaceX crew launch as early as next month and possible tourist flights next year, news agency AP reported.
Congratulations to everyone, and welcome back space-Dad’s Bob and Doug. This has been fascinating, and I look forward to reading about any data from the experiments. 😊
— Ness Xergling Towers (@NessXergling) August 2, 2020
My granddaughter aged 6 says glad you made it home
— pat Hamilton (@going59) August 2, 2020
So awesome! Congratulations to all NASA and SpaceX crew!!!
— mlpatricio (@mlpatricio1) August 2, 2020
Congratulations nasa and space x on getting Bob and Doug home safely
— Ed Smith (@EdSmith96318915) August 2, 2020
Cheers to everyone involved to get them from and back to Earth safely!
— Mike B (@MikeR32GTR) August 2, 2020
Welcome Back! pic.twitter.com/7QspxAqdEy
— Chris Stevens (@ChrisSteventv) August 2, 2020
— MaxMinDesign (@MaxMinDesign) August 2, 2020
Anybody else get emotional watching this?
— lary marler (@thorntonlary) August 2, 2020
— Eleanor Williams (@EleanorWillia20) August 2, 2020
Welcome home Bob and Doug! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/0BBZAIWnpc
— Noni Sturge (@NoniSturge) August 2, 2020
The world breathes a collective sigh of relief, a fantastic job by the many individuals who helped get them there and back!
— Ed Fitzgerald (@Edfitzy1977) August 2, 2020
This is the greatest event not only for the United States but for the whole world. Greetings from the Republic of Belarus
— Nikita (@Nikitka93) August 2, 2020
US President Donald Trump also celebrated the safe return of the astronauts.
“Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after a very successful two-month mission. Thank you to all!” he tweeted.
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