By CAPosts 02 August, 2020 - 02:51pm 56 views
© Provided by UnoTV The successful mission demonstrates that the United States once again has the ability to send its astronauts into space and bring them back. Photo: AFP
Two U.S. astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) landed on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico aboard a scan from SpaceX, successfully sealing this first manned space enterprise mission in partnership with NASA.
"Welcome to Earth and thank you for flying with SpaceX," announced the flight director to the astronauts, who responded immediately.
The copsula Crew Dragon Endeavour descended off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, as planned, at 14:48 local hours and apparently undamaged after crossing the Earth's atmosphere.
Trump celebrates astronauts' return
U.S. President Donald Trump celebrated the return and successful mission of the first manned spacecraft.
Through his Twitter account he said that "it's great for NASA astronauts to return to Earth after a successful two-month mission. Thank you all!"
The U.S. mandatory congratulated the astronauts who completed "the first dip in 45 years.
Astronauts on their way to Earth
The first U.S. manned spacecraft operated since the end of the shuttle era, a decade ago, is scheduled to land in Gulf of Mexico waters on Sunday.
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, the first American astronauts to travel on it to the International Space Station, 400 km from Earth, were carrying out final preparations at the scansula>Crew Dragon "Endeavour", of the private firm SpaceX.
The successful mission demonstrates that the United States once again has the ability to send its astronauts into space and bring them back, since the last flight of a space shuttle in 2011 had had to appeal to Russia's collaboration for that purpose and pay about $80 million per seat occupied in its Soyuz.
At the close of the U.S. space agency's operation in partnership with the company of eccentric businessman Elon Musk, the risk of tropical storm Isaiah's passage through the Florida peninsula was also added, after it caused the ship's original landing to be ruled out.
The success of the mission is also a major victory for SpaceX, which Musk founded in 2002 and has surpassed Boeing, its main competitor in the commercial space race.
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