KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida – Sunday marks one year since humans returned to space during the historic launch of SpaceX Demo-2.
On May 30, 2020, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley took off from the Kennedy Space Center inside Crew Dragon. The launch took place a few days after their first test was cleaned up due to weather conditions.
Their trip marked the first crewed launch from U.S. soil since 2011.
The couple docked with the International Space Station the next day. Hurley spoke about their ascent into orbit and the timing of their mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You know we’ve had some really tough months and just to be able to show the country what the agencies are all about, what the Commercial Crew program has done and what SpaceX has done, I hope they are. proud and have a sense of accomplishment from there, ”said Hurley.
In August, the couple returned to Earth, marking the first spaceship splashdown in 45 years.
“The biggest lesson people can take from our experience is persistence,” said Benken.
At a press conference, they spoke about their mission.
“The mission went like the simulators from start to finish, there were really some surprises,” said Hurley.
Behnken and Hurley paved the way for future exploration. Since Demo-2, Crew-1 and Crew-2 have returned to the ISS. Crew-3 is expected to launch in October.
NASA is also preparing to return to the moon with the space launch system. The space agency is still working on the unmanned launch of Artemis-I.
Last week, crews stacked the top section of the main stage for the rocket that will be used for Artemis-II, which will mark NASA’s first crewed SLS launch.
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