"Don't worry, you can sleep in tomorrow". There's more chow and I know the space station program's got more work that we can do, " he added.
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken landed gently in the Endeavor capsule off Pensacola, Fla., at 2:48 p.m. EDT, assisted by two sets of parachutes that slowed the descent. "@AstroBehnken & @Astro_Doug are on their way home to planet Earth", NASA tweeted. It additionally homes the entire photo voltaic panels that generate energy for the Crew Dragon throughout flight.
Later this afternoon, Behnken and Hurley are expected to climb aboard their Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Dragon Endeavour, which has been docked at the space station since the astronauts arrived in May.
NASA footage showed the capsule drifting slowly away from the ISS in the darkness of space, ending a two-month stay for the first U.S. astronauts to reach the orbiting lab on a United States spacecraft in almost a decade.
The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX capsule into orbit are preparing for a splashdown on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico.
America's first crewed spaceship since the Space Shuttle era was set to splash down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
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Eight minutes later, stabilizing drogue parachutes will be deployed, followed a minute later by four large, orange-and-white parachutes that will slow the ship's descent to a much more sedate 15 miles per hour or so.
You can see more information on watching the splashdown live on TV here. Preparations for the reentry went smoothly with no major issues reported. SpaceX received a $2.6 billion contract in 2014 for the final development and testing of the spacecraft, which included an uncrewed test flight, Demo-1, in March 2019. Recovery boats were on the scene within minutes, and the spacecraft was on board the main recovery ship 30 minutes after splashdown. One of the ship's two generators failed before leaving port, but managers said the vessel otherwise was healthy and no impact was expected. Since retiring its space shuttles in 2011, NASA has had to buy seats for its astronauts on Russian spaceships.
Behnken and Hurley, both married to other NASA astronauts, have young families waiting for them at home.
Sunday's re-entry marked the first splashdown of a US space capsule carrying astronauts since the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the American half of which was launched from Kennedy Space Center in 1975. The first of its operational missions, designated Crew-1, is now set to take place sometime in late September, and will carry three NASA astronauts and one JAXA astronaut to the station for a regular tour as crew members of the orbital science platform.
"Astronauts complete first splashdown in 45 years".
Nasa has resolved it will no extended very own and operate crew transportation components in low-Earth orbit, preferring instead to buy this provider off industrial companions.