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SpaceX rocket returns to shore after historic astronaut launch (photos)
By Mike Wall 6 days ago

https://www.space.com/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-returns-shore-after-astronaut-launch.html





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How NASA's Demo-2 astronauts will make a historic splashdown on Earth
By Elizabeth Howell 3 days ago

https://www.space.com/spacex-nasa-demo-2-splashdown-explained.html

Just over 45 years since the last American astronaut splashed down in the ocean, NASA and its partner SpaceX are set to land astronauts in the sea again on Aug. 2.

The agency announced last week that SpaceX's Demo-2 commercial crew mission, carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, is set to return to Earth, splashing down in the ocean near Florida in one of seven designated landing sites. The mission is expected to land at 2:42 p.m. EDT (1842 GMT), as long as the weather and technical systems co-operate, NASA said in a statement.

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Dragon now operating on its own power. Power umbilical with ISS disconnected

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Half-way through de-orbit burn

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De-orbit burn complete. She's on the way down

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Dragon safely onboard recovery ship

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