The duo splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida, Sunday (Aug. 2), wrapping up SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 mission to the Worldwide Space Station. Behnken and Hurley had a little bit of time to get rid of as they waited for recovery crews to fish out and inspect their Crew Dragon capsule, so they determined to make a number of calls.
“Five hours ago, we ended up in a spaceship, bobbing around, producing prank satellite telephone phone calls to whoever we could get a hold of. Which was sort of pleasurable, by the way,” Hurley said all through a welcome-property ceremony in Houston, where by NASA’s astronaut corps is centered.
Full protection: SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 Crew Dragon astronaut check flight
He was becoming major about making these jokey calls we have outside affirmation.
“I received 1 of these phone calls at the flight director console. It started off with an opening line like ‘Hi, it truly is Doug and Bob, and we are in the ocean.’ I assume my response was, ‘Yeah, I can see that,'” NASA flight director Anthony Vareha reported by using Twitter.
Behnken’s wife, fellow NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, obtained a simply call from the newly returned Crew Dragon as well.
“On my cellular phone it claimed ‘Spam Threat.’ Happy I answered in any case!” McArthur tweeted yesterday.
I recieved a person of these calls at the flight director console. It started out with an opening line like “Hello it really is Doug and Bob and we are in the ocean.” I believe my reaction was “Yeah, I can see that.” https://t.co/Posn3RdQM9August 3, 2020
Specifically! On my cellphone it mentioned “Spam Possibility”. Glad I answered anyway! https://t.co/1WmMpQAL3PAugust 3, 2020
Demo-2 alone was no joke, of program, and Behnken and Hurley took treatment of business in the course of their 9 months in area. The thriving completion of that landmark check flight keeps SpaceX on system to fly its very first operational crewed mission to the area station in late September, furnished analyses of Demo-2 knowledge expose no red flags.
That coming mission, acknowledged as Crew-1, will be the initial of at least six that SpaceX will fly to and from the orbiting lab under a $2.6 billion NASA agreement. Crew-1 will attribute 4 astronauts: NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi.
The next contracted flight, Crew-2, is specific to launch in spring 2021. It will use the exact capsule that flew on Demo-2, which Hurley and Behnken dubbed Endeavour. And you will find one more link to the examination flight as very well: McArthur is a person of the four Crew-2 astronauts. (The other a few are NASA’s Shane Kimbrough, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and the European Area Agency’s Thomas Pesquet.)
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