SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years

Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. It was the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years, with the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to carry people […]

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Astronauts Head Back to Earth Aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

new video loaded: Astronauts Head Back to Earth Aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon transcript Back bars 0:00/1:16 –1:16 transcript Astronauts Head Back to Earth Aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon The NASA astronauts Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley undocked their capsule and departed the International Space Station. And we just got confirmation that capsule Endeavor has […]

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SpaceX guiding NASA astronauts to 1st splashdown in 45 years

The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX capsule into orbit headed toward a retro-style splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon to close out a two-month test flight. It will mark the first splashdown in 45 years for NASA astronauts and the first return in the gulf. Unlike Florida’s Atlantic coast, already feeling […]

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NASA astronauts aim for Florida coast to end SpaceX flight

The first astronauts launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company departed the International Space Station on Saturday night for the final and most important part of their test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown. NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken bid farewell to the three men left behind as their SpaceX Dragon capsule undocked […]

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Astronauts face final leg of SpaceX test flight: coming home

A pair of NASA astronauts face the final and most important part of their SpaceX test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in a farewell ceremony Saturday at the International Space Station, several hours ahead of their planned departure on a SpaceX Dragon capsule. Despite approaching […]

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US astronauts pack up for rare splashdown in SpaceX capsule

Two U.S. astronauts about to make the first splashdown return in 45 years said Friday they’ll have seasick bags ready to use if needed. SpaceX and NASA plan to bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken back Sunday afternoon in the company’s Dragon capsule, aiming for the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida Panhandle. Flight […]

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Rene Carpenter, Astronaut’s Wife Who Broke NASA Mold, Dies at 92

Rene Carpenter, the last surviving member of the much-glorified cohort of Mercury 7 astronauts and their wives, whom Tom Wolfe immortalized in his best-selling 1979 book “The Right Stuff,” died on Friday in Denver. She was 92. Her daughter Kris Stoever said the cause was congestive heart failure. Ms. Carpenter, who retained that surname even […]

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NASA adds more safety fixes for Boeing’s crew capsule

NASA has added more safety fixes for Boeing’s space capsule before it can fly astronauts following a pair of close calls during last year’s test flight. In closing out the seven-month investigation, NASA officials said Tuesday they have now identified 80 corrective actions, mostly involving software and testing, that must be done before the Starliner […]

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SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the […]

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SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the […]

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NASA, SpaceX launch astronauts from US soil

A SpaceX spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts soared into outer space — marking the first time humans have traveled into Earth’s orbit from US soil in nearly a decade. Liftoff occurred just after 3:20 pm ET from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Astronauts Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, will spend about 19 hours aboard […]

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2 astronauts climb aboard SpaceX rocket for historic flight

Despite more storms in the forecast, two NASA astronauts climbed into their capsule Saturday for a second attempt at a history-making ride into orbit aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. With the flight already delayed three days by bad weather, forecasters put the odds of acceptable conditions at 50-50 […]

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SpaceX-NASA Relaunch: How To Watch The Historic Event Online

Second time’s a charm! SpaceX is preparing to launch NASA astronauts into space and usher in the return of human spaceflight to US soil, after the first launch was cancelled due to bad weather. For the first time in almost a decade, the United States will launch its own astronauts into space. History will be made […]

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Nasa SpaceX launch: Evolution of the spacesuit

The spacesuits that will be worn by astronauts on Wednesday’s Crew Dragon launch have been getting a lot of attention. How do they differ from other attire worn by astronauts down the years? The futuristic flight suits that will be worn by Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on Wednesday look like they’re a world away […]

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SpaceX astronaut launch: here’s the rocket science it must get right

Two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will make history by travelling to the International Space Station in a privately funded spacecraft, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. But the launch, which was due to take place on May 27, has been aborted due to bad weather, and will instead take place […]

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‘Bummed out’: SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the risk of lightning. Liftoff was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. The spacecraft — designed, built and owned by SpaceX — […]

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Historic SpaceX launch postponed because of stormy weather

By MARCIA DUNN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the danger of lightning. Liftoff was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. The spacecraff — […]

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Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts get to work ahead of historic flight

Behnken (L) and Hurley (R) flew in from the Johnson Space Center in Texas More Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have flown into the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for their historic mission next week. The pair’s trip to the International Space Station (ISS) will be made in a rocket and […]

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After months in space, astronauts returning to changed world

Two NASA astronauts said Friday they expect it will be tough returning to such a drastically changed world next week, after more than half a year at the International Space Station. Andrew Morgan said the crew has tried to keep atop the pandemic news. But it’s hard to comprehend what’s really going on and what […]

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‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50

Apollo 13′s astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years ago. Even when their oxygen tank ruptured two days later — on April 13. Jim Lovell and Fred Haise insist they’re not superstitious. They even use 13 in their email addresses. As mission commander Lovell […]

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