SpaceX completed the first test flight for its Dragon capsule designed to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule returned to Earth shortly ago after spending one week docked to the ISS.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule, which carried a test dummy called Ripley, undocked from the International Space Station earlier today, March 8th. Recently, about six hours afterward, the Dragon capsule splashed into the Atlantic Ocean, close to Florida coastline. It is the first capsule to plop into the ocean in 50 years, the last one being Apollo 9 which splashed near the Bahamas in March 1969.
SpaceX Dragon capsule returned home precisely at 8:45 AM ET. NASA acknowledged the triumphant homecoming on Twitter: “Successful splashdown of the #CrewDragon right on time at 8:45 a.m. ET.” And, speaking of NASA, the SpaceX Dragon capsule represents an essential asset for the US space agency, at the moment. It represents a significant chance for the Americans to fly to space on their own, without depending on the Russians.
SpaceX Dragon Capsule Would Fly NASA Astronauts To The ISS Starting With The Summer Of 2019
As mentioned above, NASA depends on Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, for sending astronauts to the International Space Station. Now, NASA hopes to break the agreement with the Russians and fly astronauts to space on their own this year. The US space agency plans to do that with the help of SpaceX and Boeing.
SpaceX, for its part, is already having the Dragon capsule, and the company headed by Elon Musk hopes to send astronauts to the ISS as soon as the summer of 2019. As regarding the SpaceX Dragon capsule, the Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who visited the Dragon capsule, said that the spacecraft is absolutely “slick” looking like “business class.”
In short, the SpaceX Dragon capsule safely returned to Earth today, at 8:45 AM ET, after it spent one week docked to the ISS.
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