Recovery personnel offer assistance as NASA astronaut Bob Behnken exits the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are out of the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour” now; they’ll move to a medical area on the recovery ship for initial medical checks. A helicopter will take the astronauts to Pensacola Naval Air Station, where they’ll board a waiting NASA plane to fly back to Ellington Field in Houston.
Behnken exits the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Image credit: NASA TV
Behnken and Hurley splashed down safely in the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour” in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. It is the first time a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft has returned from the International Space Station to complete a test flight, beginning a new era in human spaceflight.
Meanwhile, Dragon Endeavour will be returned to the SpaceX “Dragon Lair” in Florida for inspection and processing. Teams will examine the data and performance of the spacecraft throughout the test flight to complete the certification of the system to fly operational missions for NASA’s Commercial Crew and International Space Station Programs. The certification process is expected to take about six ...