NASA and SpaceX learned a lot from the first launch of Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on May 30. Some changes include redesigning a portion of the heat shield, which had more erosion than desired, and improving how measurements are taken to deploy the parachutes prior to splashdown.
Splashdown on Sabarmati It will connect Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two most successful projects which he envisioned while serving as Gujarat CM. The Sabarmati riverfront and the Statue of Unity (SoU).
August ‘20 saw effects and actions from hurricanes: heavy rain/dangerous surf from Marco & Laura, SpaceXsplashdown in Gulf to avoid Isaias off FL east coast, and pyrocumulus from a prescribed burn on plant debris left by Michael ‘18. Reminder: September is peak hurricane season.
Just over a week ago, @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug wrapped up their historic mission to the @Space_Station with a successful splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico. 🪂 Here are a few welcome home messages from @NASA 's social media followers ➡️
Last Sunday, @AstroBehnken & @Astro_Doug returned home to planet Earth aboard the @SpaceX Dragon Endeavour. Did you watch the splashdown? Take a look at welcome home messages to our #LaunchAmerica crew as they completed their 62-day mission in space:
SpaceX's toasted Crew Dragon returns home after historic NASA astronaut splashdown
Demo 2: The SpaceX recovery ship Go Navigator pulled into Port Canaveral today, bringing the Crew Dragon Demo 2 spacecraft back to its launch site after splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday; SpaceX plans to launch the spacecraft again next year (photo: Houston Harwood)
Tracking footage of Crew Dragon’s descent, parachute deployments and splashdown
"Thanks for flying @SpaceX ." 📍 Current Location: Planet Earth A 2:48pm ET, @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug splashed down, marking the first splashdown of an American crew spacecraft in 45 years. #LaunchAmerica
51 years ago today: Apollo 11 splashdown, a safe return from the Moon. 45 years ago today: Apollo-Soyuz Test Project splashdown, the last Apollo flight. August 2, 2020: Crew Dragon Endeavour splashdown, the first crewed water landing in 45 years. History in the making.
Successful splashdown of the #CrewDragon right on time at 8:45 a.m. ET.