PortandTerminal.com, May 31, 2020
Watch the incredible moment when the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster rocket touched down on its landing pad minutes after sending two astronauts into space.
The booster shuttle which launched NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into space yesterday (May 30) landed successfully upright on the SpaceX’s drone ship named Of Course I Still Love You.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center 7.22pm UK time sending American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into space.
Momentous footage showed the spaceship hurtling skywards for a few minutes before making its trip back down to Earth.
The mission, named Demo-2, has made Elon Musk’s SpaceX the first private company to send humans into space, ushering in a new era of commercial space travel.
According to Nasa, the aim of the mission is to show SpaceX’s ability to ferry astronauts to the space station and back safely.
It is the final major step required by SpaceX’s astronaut carrier, the Crew Dragon, to get certified by Nasa’s Commercial Crew Programme for more long-term manned missions to space.
Watch this video of a previous landing when the Falcon 9 rocket booster was returning to Earth from space after successfully launching the THAICOM-8 satellite. The video is shown from the booster’s point-of-view and gives a great look at what a feat of engineering landing it is.
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