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SPACEX WITH NASA CREW IS BACK HOME

SPACEX WITH NASA CREW IS BACK HOME

Context

NASA astronauts splash down after their journey home aboard SpaceX capsule.

Details

  • U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who went to space in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, came back in the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The successful splashdown was a final key test of whether SpaceX spacecraft can transport astronauts to and from orbit.
  • Previously no private company has accomplished in bringing astronauts from space.
  • During re-entry to Earth's atmosphere, the capsule's outer shell withstood temperatures as high as 3,500 Fahrenheit.
  • SpaceX became the first private company to send humans to orbit.

About SpaceX

  • It is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company.
  • It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk
  • Its goal is to reduce space transportation costs and to enable the colonization of Mars.
  • It has developed several launch vehicles, the Starlink satellite constellation and  the Dragon cargo spacecraft.

About Demo-2

It is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program with the aim of developing reliable and cost- effective access to and from the ISS.

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