12:00 PM PT — The splashdown landing was a success! Two small boats came in directly after landing to check the Crew Dragon capsule. The first message to the astronauts from mission control upon landing was, “Thank you for flying SpaceX.”
SpaceX and NASA’s #LaunchAmerica journey is on the verge of completing a successful mission — they’re coming back to Earth, and we’re streaming it live.
American astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley — who were shot into orbit back in May aboard SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavor — are set to touch down Sunday. Their spacecraft is scheduled to splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, FL at 11:45 AM PT
They’ve been in orbit aboard the ISS for the past 62 days and made 1,024 revolutions around our planet … this after Elon Musk and co. sent them up in an effort to get more American space missions kickstarted … not to mention potential space tourism in the near future.
The initial launch went off without a hitch — after the Falcon 9 rocket took Bob and Doug to a certain point … it landed safely aboard a ship waiting out at sea. The boys then took control from there, and once they were close enough … they docked with the ISS.
The #LaunchAmerica mission marks the first time in nearly a decade since Americans have been up among the stars.
Originally published — 11:30 AM PT