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I am going to admit something right off the bat….
I'm a bit skeptical about the Space program.
Always have been.
A lot just doesn't add up to me.
For example, any time a new land has been discovered in human history, increased exploration and settlement always follows. Yet, I'm supposed to believe we landed on the moon in 1969 and then just never went back for decades?
Oh, and we did it with less computing power than I currently carry in my cellphone by a factor of about 1,000x?
And NASA claims the reason they never went back is because they "lost the technology"….?
Fast forward to today and history has once again (allegedly, reportedly) been made.
If true, it's a REMARKABLE achievement and one we should all celebrate.
Our President heralded the achievement here:
Watch the splashdown here:
From Fox News:
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Sunday, ending a historic two-month trip to space.
The mission marked the first time that astronauts have launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011.
After deploying two drogue parachutes and then the capsule’s main parachutes, the spacecraft landed off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., at 2:48 p.m. EDT.
The spacecraft, named “Endeavour” by the astronauts, left the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday. Hurley and Behnken, both veterans of Space Shuttle missions, had boarded the orbiting space lab May 31 following the eagerly-anticipated launch of the Demo-2 mission from Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
In this frame grab from NASA TV, the SpaceX capsule splashes down Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in the Gulf of Mexico.
In this frame grab from NASA TV, the SpaceX capsule splashes down Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in the Gulf of Mexico. (NASA TV via AP)
With wind at 2 knots, weather conditions for the capsule's return to Earth were ideal. The capsule was hoisted aboard the SpaceX recovery ship Go Navigator and its hatch was opened at 3:59 p.m. EDT. Behnken was the first to exit the capsule, giving a thumbs up to the recovery team. Hurley followed shortly after, also giving a thumbs up.
"Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after very successful two month mission. Thank you to all!," tweeted President Donald Trump.