PENSACOLA, Fl. (WLNS) – After 62 days in space, approximately 1,024 orbits around our planet and four spacewalks, Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley landed back on Earth safely Sunday afternoon.
SpaceX Crew Dragon splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at 11:48 a.m. PST.
This marks the U.S.’ first water landing in 45 years, with the last one happening in 1975.
The astronauts rode the SpaceX Dragon capsule back to Earth less than 24 hours after departing the ISS.
Weather conditions proved to be ideal, even though Hurricane Isaias was of some concern days before the splashdown.
On June 1st, for the first time in history, NASA astronauts launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.