Today, NASA Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashed down off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, successfully concluding the first crewed demonstration flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The flight was the final flight test for SpaceX’s crew transportation system in preparation for certification and operational crew transportation services to and from the International Space Station.
“After a momentous launch to space from American soil for the first time in nearly a decade, NASA astronauts have successfully returned home after a productive mission on the International Space Station,” saidChairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).“The safe return of these two NASA astronauts is a significant milestone for America’s space program. I want to welcome Astronauts Hurley and Behnken home and congratulate all those who made their mission possible.”
“Welcome back to NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken and congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on the first splashdown landing with humans in 45 years,” saidCongresswoman Kendra Horn (D-OK). “Today’s milestone completes the Crew Demo-2 mission and provides critical data for final certification of Crew Dragon, the last step in the journey toward operational flights to and from the ISS on U.S. launch vehicles from American soil. I want to commend NASA, SpaceX, and their partners for their collaboration and hard work in completing this important demonstration amidst the challenges of COVID-19. I especially want to thank NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken for their integral role in this historic test flight.”