The American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have landed on the International Space Station ISS in the Gulf of Mexico after more than two months. They landed in the space capsule Crew Dragon of space company SpaceX.
It is the first time since the 1970s that an American-made commercial space capsule lands at sea. It was also the first time since 2011 that American astronauts took off from their home soil.
The Crew Dragon’s fall was mitigated at a height of nearly 5.5 kilometers using large parachutes. It took about nineteen hours for the space capsule to enter Earth’s atmosphere. Behnken and Hurley are picked up by ships by SpaceX.
There was some doubt about the weather conditions. For a moment, it seemed that tropical storm Isaias, which is currently heading towards Florida, would cause high waves at sea. In the end that turned out not to be the case.
SpaceX, the space company of entrepreneur Elon Musk, is developing a space program on behalf of the American government and this space flight was the first real test for the company.