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There was a successful end to the Demo-2 mission after SpaceX Crew Dragon safely splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Return to Earth

Demo 2 launched on May 30 and was the first orbital crewed mission departing from the U.S. since 2011. It made history as the world’s first privately funded spaceflight to send a crew to space.

Two NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken returned from the International Space Station in spacecraft Endeavour, making a sea landing.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon passengers undocked from the International Space Station on August 1 at 4:35 p.m. PT on the final part of the crewed test mission designed to prove that SpaceX can ferry astronauts regularly from Earth to the International Space Station.

Recovery ship GO Navigator retrieved the crew, capsule, and parachutes after the 11:48 a.m. PT landing in a spot off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Several potential landing sites were pinned in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, but the choice came down to the excellent weather and calm waters.

There were some delays in opening the capsule hatch on board the ship because the recovery team had to purge the toxic vapors from around the spacecraft.

Scorch marks from re-entry could be seen on the capsule as it endured heat and stress on its final leg to Earth.

While exiting SpaceX Crew Dragon, Hurley said: “to anybody who has touched Endeavour, you should take a moment just to cherish this day.”

Standard procedure saw the astronauts taken to the medical bay onboard GO Navigator before their helicopter rides back to shore.

an astronaut is wearing space cloth with America flag | Who Said What? | SpaceX Crew Dragon Splashdown

The astronauts were welcomed home by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine who Tweeted – “We have splashdown! Welcome home @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug! #LaunchAmerica.

President Donald Trump later Tweeted – “Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after a very successful two-month mission. Thank you to all!”

SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell voiced her excitement in a news conference after the landing. “This was an incredibly smooth mission. We should celebrate what we all accomplished here today, bringing Bob and Doug back,” Shotwell said. “But we should also think about this as a springboard to doing even harder things, with the Artemis program and then, of course, moving on to Mars.”

Bridenstine added, “today was a great victory, but it was just the beginning.”

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The safe return of the astronauts on SpaceX Crew Dragon undoubtedly means further success and optimism for the future of human spaceflight. Demo 2 could lead the way for some exciting things ahead.

As we enter a new era of human spaceflight, NASA is no longer the only big rocket on the block – instead of owning and operating all the hardware, they are going to be a customer.

While NASA might be the first client for SpaceX’s astronaut-taxi services, they won’t be the last. Axiom Space, a Huston-based company, has already booked a trip to take a team of four private astronauts to the International Space Station in 2021. The journey will last just under 2 weeks, with at least eight days spent on the International Space Station.

Space Adventures have signed up to launch up to four passengers on an orbital trip aboard a Crew Dragon space capsule in 2021 or 2022. The mission of up to five days would not go to the International Space Station but instead, fly higher than the space lab.

SpaceX is already turning sci-fi into reality by building and testing prototypes to help humanity colonize the red planet. The 100-passenger spaceship known as Starship is fuelled by a giant rocket called Super Heavy. Elon Musk thinks that the development of the human spaceflight system will bring Mars settlement within reach.

Watch the replay of the Crew Dragon splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.
SpaceX Dragon Endeavour Splashdown in 4K

If money was no object, would you take a space flight? Do you think humans should colonize Mars? Let us know in the comments section below.

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