After leaving the International Space Station late Thursday and later firing its rockets to leave orbit, the reusable capsule re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and landed off Cape Canaveral at 5:45 a.m.
The first flight with astronauts is tentatively scheduled for July. NASA has already chosen Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley to fly on that mission.
Crew Dragon’s successful, five-day test is a major milestone in American space flight. The United States has not launched astronauts into space since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.
SpaceX and Boeing were both contracted by NASA to built human-rated spacecraft, with the Crew Dragon ready first. The initial flight of Boeing’s competing Starliner is scheduled for next month.
>> Subscribe to Times of San Diego’s free daily email newsletter! Click hereFollow Us: