Successful splashdown for SpaceX Crew Dragon in Gulf of Mexico

The SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown into the Gulf of Mexico today was the first splashdown in 45 years.

The two-man SpaceX Crew Dragon splashed down successfully in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, August 2, 2020, completing a two-month demo mission to the International Space Station and back. The crew splashed down at 18:48 UTC (2:48 p.m. ET), within the target landing area in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. It was the first splashdown in 45 years, following the joint U.S.-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley spent 63 days in space and orbited Earth 1,024 times.

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The crew had been originally intended to splash down in the Atlantic, but the location was changed due to Hurricane Isaias’ pending arrival on the east coast of Florida.

Behnken and Hurley had been in space since May 30, when they launched at the helm of the first crewed U.S. mission to orbit on a private spacecraft, part of a SpaceX-NASA partnership.

Back view of two astronauts in space suits facing the control panels in a space capsule.

In this image from video made available by NASA, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken prepare for undocking from the International Space Station, aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Image via NASA/ AP.

Bottom line: SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

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Deborah Byrd