SpaceX rocket returns to shore after historic astronaut launch

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 3, 2020

This launch marked the first USA public-private partnership where a privately built and owned spacecraft carried NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley - who made history on Saturday when they became the first people to fly a commercial spacecraft - have revealed the story of the mysterious stowaway on their flight: a sequined dinosaur plushie.

The mission is the first time that astronauts have launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011.

Demo-2 astronauts with ISS crew. After settling into the ISS, the astronauts held a press conference to talk about their trip. It was the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried astronauts to the space station in its more than 20 years of existence. He noted that he and Hurley were talking about the roughness of the ride as the rocket took off. "We do have an apatosaurus aboard", Behnken said after the launch. "At that point, we go from approximately three Gs to zero Gs for; I don't understand, a half another probe". They will stay there for up to 110 days before boarding the Crew Dragon once again for a fiery fall through Earth's atmosphere and, hopefully, a safe splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

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NASA astronauts describe historic SpaceX ride to International Space Station

The Crew Dragon carrying Behnken and Hurley, named Endeavour after one of NASA's old space shuttle orbiters, arrived at the ISS on Sunday (May 31). "On Shuttle, we felt the docking". The company holds a $2.6 billion contract with NASA's Commercial Crew Program to fly six operational crewed missions to the ISS, and Demo-2 is created to fully validate Crew Dragon and the Falcon 9 for those flights.

To pick their crew mate, Behnken said, the astronauts turned to their kids.

Sitharaman said, "ISRO has brought the country many laurels; however, today the private sector is also doing a lot of work in the space arena and a lot of individuals and start-ups have spent a lot of time developing space-related technology but unfortunately due to Indian regulations, they are unable to use ISRO's available facilities for even testing their products". "For us as the test pilots, we're there to evaluate how it does the mission. We had no issues with it".

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