Is SpaceX back on Earth?

Is SpaceX back on Earth?

"'Resilience,' SpaceX, is back on Earth, and we'll take those miles—are they transferable?" Mike Hopkins, a NASA astronaut and mission commander, cracked a joke shortly after landing. It's also just the second time NASA and SpaceX have used a Crew Dragon spaceship to return passengers to Earth. The first was last year, when Ms. Stennis and Mr. Fisher flew back from the International Space Station.

SpaceX has been working on its Dragon cargo ship for human astronauts since 2014, when it launched its Falcon 9 rocket with a version of the craft that had previously flown once before. That first test flight succeeded in reaching orbit, but due to an issue with one of the booster's engines, the spacecraft had to make an emergency landing instead of returning to Earth for its cargo.

Since then, SpaceX has been developing its capsule design into something that can carry humans. In February 2017, Ms. Stennis and Mr. Fisher flew on board the company's new crew dragon capsule during a six-day mission to the International Space Station. They returned to Earth in April 2018 after completing their own journey in space. During that trip, Ms. Stennis and Mr. Fisher conducted experiments and took pictures using some of their onboard equipment.

The next flight planned by SpaceX is currently set for no earlier than Thursday at 6:44 p.m. EST.

Will SpaceX capsules return to Earth?

After a record-breaking journey to the International Space Station, the four astronauts onboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft "Resilience" successfully returned to Earth on Sunday, splashing down in parachutes into the Gulf of Mexico. If all goes according to plan, these astronauts will be the first people ever recovered from space.

Here are the details of how they will be brought back to Earth: First, the astronauts' capsule will sink to the bottom of the ocean due to its heavy weight. Then, a ship equipped with cranes will find the capsule and take it into port, where NASA staff will recover the astronauts.

NASA has been sending humans into space since 1961, when John Glenn became the first American to orbit the planet. Since then, every astronaut crew has returned home safely, except for one...

In 2003, the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched Soyuz spacecraft with astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin aboard into an area of open space called the "vacuum of Venus." They were lost during their descent into that planet's atmosphere.

Since then, no further missions have left Russia for space. But NASA continues to send people into orbit around Earth and beyond, using vehicles built by SpaceX and other companies.

People have been living and working in space for over 40 years now.

How do astronauts come back to earth?

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth today after spending more than two months on the International Space Station (ISS), parachuting into the planet's skies in a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. This is the first time that any American has landed in the Pacific Ocean during a space shuttle mission.

Behnken and Hurley landed about 8:48 a.m. PDT (11:48 a.m. EDT) at the Edwards Air Force Base in California, where they were met by members of the media and NASA officials. The astronauts departed the station with Russian crewmates Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin at 10:56 a... They rode a jet boat across the bay to make their landing.

"It's great to be back on Earth!," said Behnken, who is from Tucson, Arizona. "I can't say enough about how much we appreciate all those who have supported us throughout this mission."

Hurley, from Aliso Viejo, California, added: "It feels really good to be back home."

The astronauts spent nearly 250 days in space, including 16 hours alone in orbit last month, when Skripochka and Ovchinin flew to Japan to take up residence in the ISS until November.

Will SpaceX land in the ocean?

SpaceX has safely landed four astronauts in the ocean for NASA, completing the US's longest human spaceflight. SpaceX's Crew Dragon Resilience spaceship has returned to Earth and landed in the Gulf of Mexico. The four astronauts inside completed a six-month stint on the International Space Station. They entered orbit in May 2018 and returned to Earth in April 2019.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in a tweet that the company will "most likely" try to recover the Crew Dragon capsule after it returns from space. He added that because of this, the company will not be selling any more seats on future missions.

The success of these tests brings hope to other space agencies who have been using Russian vehicles to return their astronauts home from orbit. Russia has used several types of vehicles including unmanned boosters to bring back its astronauts to Earth. Russia stopped sending people into space in 2011 when its crewed spacecraft, the Soyuz, suffered multiple failures.

The last person launched by Russia was Oleg Kononenko in March 2019. He spent about five months aboard the station as part of a European experiment called “Veggie.”

After Russia stopped sending people to space, the US took over this role with the retirement of the Soviet-era Shuttle program in 2011.

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