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SPLASHDOWN – NASA Astronauts Return Safely

Mission control to astronauts: ‘Thank you for flying SpaceX’ as NASA astronauts make first splashdown in 45 years.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley successfully splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico at 11:48 AM PST on Sunday, August 2.


Two small boats swooped in immediately after splashdown. One is checking to make sure there are no toxic fumes around the Crew Dragon capsule. The other is working to drag the spacecraft’s parachutes out of the ocean.

Dragon capsule is recovered by the ship GO Navigator. GO Navigator is the secondary Dragon recovery vessel.

Astronaut Bob Behnken is the first out of the Dragon capsule at 12:59 PM PST.

Wes O'Donnell

Wes O’Donnell is an Army and Air Force veteran and writer covering military and tech topics. As a sought-after professional speaker, Wes has presented at U.S. Air Force Academy, Fortune 500 companies, and TEDx, covering trending topics from data visualization to leadership and veterans’ advocacy. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning short film, “Memorial Day.”

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