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    By Joey Roulette (Reuters) - U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, were riding the capsule home for a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was NASA's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years. Behnken and Hurley undocked from the orbital station late on Saturday to begin their 21-hour trip home aboard Crew Dragon "Endeavor," catching a few hours of sleep before an early Sunday wakeup call from their sons. "Good morning Dragon Endeavor," Hurley's son said in a recorded message sent to the capsule. "I'm happy you went into space but I'm even happier that you're coming back home."  "Wake...
    Crew Dragon astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken thanked their space station crewmates for a successful two-month visit and readied their SpaceX capsule for undocking Saturday, setting up a historic Gulf of Mexico splashdown Sunday afternoon. "All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go," Behnken tweeted. All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go… #LandAmerica pic.twitter.com/FvyzeA58sb— Bob Behnken (@AstroBehnken) August 1, 2020 It will be the first splashdown for U.S. astronauts in 45 years and the first entry, descent and landing of a piloted Crew Dragon spacecraft, one of the final steps before NASA can certify the SpaceX ferry ships for operational six-month flights to the space station. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "We're about...
    NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are making preparations for their historic return to Earth Sunday. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, named “Endeavour” by the astronauts, is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station on Saturday and make its splashdown off the coast of Florida the following day. The astronauts have spent two months on the orbiting space lab. SPACEX MAKES HISTORY, LAUNCHES NASA ASTRONAUTS INTO SPACE FROM US SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2011 “Weather permitting, NASA and SpaceX are targeting 2:42 p.m. EDT Sunday, Aug. 2, for the splashdown and conclusion of the Demo-2 test flight mission,” said NASA, in a statement. “With this test flight, NASA and the U.S. aerospace industry are marking the...
    NEW YORK -- Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos interviewed three astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Thursday morning's "Live with Kelly and Ryan."Astronauts Chris Cassidy, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in the show's first ever live interview from space.You may remember the historic blast off of Astronauts Hurley and Behnken aboard the Dragon by SpaceX and NASA back on May 30th. They are set to return back to earth from the ISS on Sunday."We've got some weather that we're watching but God willing they'll get off on time," Cassidy said. "We've had a fantastic stay together."Cassidy arrived in April with two Russian cosmonauts and isn't scheduled to leave until October."It was really quite special to fly over...
    NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken have stepped out into the vacuum of space to replace an ageing battery on the International Space Station. The pair started the 229th spacewalk from the station at 12:35 BST and are expected to be outside between six and seven hours while they swap in new batteries. This is the second spacewalk in a week and will see the astronauts continue where they left off in swapping out old batteries to improve power to the station. They stepped out from the Quest airlock to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries that arrived on a Japanese cargo spaceship last month.   This is the second spacewalk in a week and will see the astronauts...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut added to the millions of pieces of junk orbiting the Earth on Friday, losing a small mirror as soon as he stepped out of the International Space Station for battery work. Commander Chris Cassidy said the mirror floated away at about a foot per second. Mission Control said the mirror somehow became detached from Cassidy’s spacesuit. The lost item posed no risk to either the spacewalk or the station, NASA said. While millions of pieces of space debris orbit Earth, more than 20,000 items including old rocket parts and busted satellites are big enough to be tracked in order to safeguard the space station and functional satellites. Spacewalking astronauts wear a wrist...
    By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut added to the pieces of junk orbiting the Earth on Friday, losing a small mirror as soon as he stepped out of the International Space Station for battery work. Commander Chris Cassidy said the mirror floated away at about a foot per second. Mission Control said the mirror somehow became detached from Cassidy's spacesuit. The lost item posed no risk to either the spacewalk or the station, NASA said. Spacewalking astronauts wear a wrist mirror on each sleeve to get better views while working. The mirror is just 5 inches by 3 inches, and together with its band has a mass of barely one-tenth of a...
    Friday’s spacewalk commenced at 7:32 a.m. ET. Equally astronauts are veteran spacewalkers. This will be Cassidy’s seventh undertaking exterior and Behnken’s eighth. They will perform a second equivalent spacewalk on July 1.Behnken, along with NASA astronaut Doug Hurley, introduced from the United States and joined Cassidy on the space station on May possibly 31. They had been aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for the duration of the Demo-2 mission.These spacewalks are the fruits of a sequence of power updates that began in January 2017 to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium ion batteries. The new batteries arrived very last thirty day period on a Japanese cargo ship. These two spacewalks will focus on replacing batteries for just one of the electrical...
    (CNN)Early Friday, NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken began a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station to replace lithium ion batteries for one of the station's power channels. It is expected to last for about seven hours.Friday's spacewalk began at 7:32 a.m. ET. Both astronauts are veteran spacewalkers. This will be Cassidy's seventh venture outside and Behnken's eighth. They will conduct a second similar spacewalk on July 1. Cassidy is pictured in July 9, 2013, during a six-hour, seven-minute spacewalk.Behnken, along with NASA astronaut Doug Hurley, launched from the United States and joined Cassidy on the space station on May 31. They were aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon during the Demo-2 mission.These spacewalks are the culmination of a series...
    Watch a live stream in the video player above beginning at 7 a.m. ET. Two astronauts geared up to float outside the International Space Station early Friday for the final stages of a multi-year 12-spacewalk job to replace 48 aging batteries in the lab's solar power system with 24 more powerful lithium-ion units. The work began in January 2017 and when it is completed next month, the space station's power system should keep the lab running smoothly through the end of the decade if not beyond. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "I think it's safe to say, barring any unforeseen type of failures, we'll be good on batteries for a number of years to come," said Kenny...
    (CNN)Early Friday, NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken will conduct a nearly seven-hour spacewalk outside of the International Space Station to replace lithium ion batteries for one of the station's power channels.They will conduct a second similar spacewalk on July 1.The walks will begin at 7:35 a.m. ET. Beginning at 6 a.m. ET, NASA will provide live coverage of each. Both astronauts are veteran spacewalkers. This will be Cassidy's seventh venture outside and Behnken's eighth. Behnken, along with NASA astronaut Doug Hurley, launched from the United States and joined Cassidy on the space station on May 31. They were aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon during the Demo-2 mission.Read MoreThese spacewalks are the culmination of a series of power upgrades that...
    Following the historic events of the combined NASA/SpaceX launch over the weekend, a photographer has captured a remarkable image of the International Space Station carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley whizzing past the moon. The composite image, taken by Italian photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, came from a video he also took that shows the ISS at 17 different points as it sails across the moon, British news agency SWNS reports. Panizza, 45, said he took the picture at 10:28 Italian time Sunday night, just a few hours after Behnken and Hurley docked with the ISS. This amazing photo shows the sequence of the International Space Station gliding past the moon - carrying two NASA astronauts after they made...
    The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that boosted astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken into space provided a slightly rougher ride than expected during the later stages of the climb to orbit, but both said Monday they enjoyed their historic trip and marveled at a sooth-as-silk docking with the space station. And yes, the Crew Dragon brought a "new car smell" to the lab complex. "It absolutely did," said station commander Chris Cassidy, the lone American aboard the station until Hurley and Behnken arrived Sunday. "Then when we got that hatch open, you could tell it was a brand new vehicle, with smiley faces on the other side, smiley face on mine, just as if you had bought a new car,...
    NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have described their historic ride to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour capsule. Speaking during a press conference on Monday morning, Behnken said that the first stage of their ascent was smoother than they had experienced on shuttle missions, but described the second stage as “a little rougher.” However, Behnken noted that both he and Hurley were expecting that. “We were both commenting on it as we were going uphill,” he explained. Hurley also described their capsule’s docking with the International Space Station. “We didn’t feel the docking – it’s so smooth, and we docked,” he said. “On shuttle, we felt the docking.” The two astronauts, both veterans of Space Shuttle...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts launched by SpaceX declared victory Monday in NASA’s cosmic capture-the-flag game. They quickly claimed the prize left behind at the International Space Station nearly a decade ago by the last crew to launch from the U.S. “Congratulations, SpaceX, you got the flag,” NASA astronaut Doug Hurley said a day after arriving at the space station. Hurley showed off the small U.S. flag during a news conference and again in a linkup with SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. “You can bet we will take it with us when we depart back to Earth,” said Hurley, floating alongside Dragon crewmate Bob Behnken. The flag flew on the first space shuttle flight in...
    (CNN)In case you were wondering, the new SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour by the crew, has that new car smell. "When the hatch opened, you could tell it was a new vehicle," said NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, who welcomed the new residents to the International Space Station. "It was wonderful to see my friends and a brand-new vehicle." Cassidy has been on board the station since April. Cassidy, along with newly arrived NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, participated in a press conference on the International Space Station Monday. The event took place two days after the historic NASA-SpaceX launch that sent Behnken and Hurley to the station and one day after they docked and were welcomed aboard...
    NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have described their historic ride to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour capsule. Speaking during a press conference on Monday morning, Behnken said that the first stage of their ascent was smoother than they had experienced on shuttle missions, but described the second stage as “a little rougher.” However, Behnken noted that both he and Hurley were expecting that. NASA ASTRONAUTS BOARD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IN HISTORIC SPACEX MISSION “We were both commenting on it as we were going uphill,” he explained. In this image taken from NASA TV video, the SpaceX Dragon crew capsule, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken aboard docks with the International Space...
    The two NASA astronauts who blasted into orbit on a SpaceX rocket successfully docked Sunday at the International Space Station — just 19 hours after taking off on the historic journey with Elon Musk’s company. Space veterans Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken gave a thumbs up after the brand-new Dragon capsule automatically docked, with no assistance needed, at 10:16 a.m., a few minutes earlier than planned, to the station. The mission marked the first in nearly a decade that astronauts have blasted off from US soil. It was also the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried astronauts to the orbiting lab in its nearly 20 years. The vehicle’s hatch is expected to open around 12:45 p.m., more...
    It is another cliffhanger at Cape Canaveral Saturday as two veteran NASA astronauts sit strapped into their state-of-the-art SpaceX capsule for the historic Demo-2 Mission launch this afternoon. But once again, rainy Florida weather is hanging over the Kennedy Space Center, threatening to derail the mission. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, best friends since 2000 and both married to astronauts, rolled up to launch pad 39A in the early afternoon. They’re ready for a mission to the International Space Station with Elon Musk’s space venture that will be the first time a private company has sent humans into orbit. But before they got in the Teslas taking them to launch pad, Behnken said goodbye to his 6-year-old son Theodore. Behnken...