Visual Voyage Following Return of NASA’s First Commercial Crew
August 3, 2020
is a little bit lonelier now that three humans remain aboard the International
Space Station following the return on Aug. 2 of NASA’s first commercial
crew. While the Expedition
63 crew of Commander Chris
Cassidy and Flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner will stay in space until October, NASA astronauts
Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are safely back
on Earth — and now even closer to home in Houston — following a two-month mission
on station. Representing NASA’s Commercial
Crew Program, they are the first crew to launch
to space and splashdown on Earth inside the
SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle.
demonstration mission sets the stage for two operational Crew Dragon missions: Crew-1,
planned for later this year, and Crew-2,
targeted for spring 2021. Both Commercial Crew missions will up the crew
rosters to four people each and continue crucial microgravity research aboard
the orbiting laboratory complex.
Enjoy images, below, from the last leg of this historic demonstration
mission through the crew's return to Ellington Field for a media event featuring NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, NASA Johnson
Space Center Director Mark Geyer, and others.
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls