Crew Dragon, a spacecraft from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, automatically undocked at 2.35 from the International Space Station.
The device is already returning to Earth, on board are two astronauts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. The return of the spacecraft is broadcast live by NASA.
The journey to Earth is expected to take 19 hours. Today, at 21.42, the ship is to splash down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. This will mark the first landing of an American manned spacecraft since 1975.
Recall that on May 30, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, in collaboration with NASA, sent two American astronauts into space on the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The crew got on board the International Space Station on May 31 at 17.29 Kiev time. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to spend 30 to 119 days on the ISS.
Thus, for the first time since 2011, NASA cosmonauts flew to the International Space Station on a US spacecraft rather than on the Russian Soyuz. The US government managed to save a lot – the cost of sending one astronaut to the SpaceX station was estimated at $ 50 million. At the same time, the cost of a similar service at Roscosmos costs as much as $ 90 million.