SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission ends! NASA astronaut comes back this August 2020

SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission comes to an end as NASA astronaut comes back this August

SpaceX and NASA started the space journey of 2020 with the success of the “Launch America” event. The 2 US astronauts who reached the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the first crewed US spacecraft in nearly a decade will leave for Earth on August 1, 2020. US space agency administrator Jim Bridenstine says splashdown is targeted for August 2, however, the weather will drive the actual date.

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took off from Florida aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule on May 30, becoming the first astronauts to hitch a ride to the ISS onboard a commercial spaceship, which is under contract with NASA. The Demo-2 mission launch was one of the most historic moments in recent space travel.

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SpaceX and NASA ready to bring back ISS Astronauts

This will be the first time the SpaceX capsule will make the journey to Earth with astronauts, having successfully completed an uncrewed test run last year.

It will splashdown in the Atlantic as the Apollo capsules did in the 1960s and 1970s. Eventually, the Dragon will regularly bring four astronauts to the ISS at a time, from NASA and partner space agencies in Canada, Japan, Europe, and potentially Russia.

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Since 2011, when the US space shuttle program ended, NASA astronauts have had to hitch rides into orbit aboard Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. Boeing Co, which is producing its own launch system in competition with SpaceX, is expected to fly its CST-100 Starliner vehicle with astronauts aboard for the first time next year.

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