SpaceX and NASA built historical past on Sunday when a toasted, gumdrop-formed spaceship splashed into the Gulf of Mexico.The Crew Dragon capsule — built by SpaceX with funding from NASA — was returning astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Earth following an unprecedented mission to the International Area Station. It was the 1st time a personal corporation experienced taken humans into area.But this was just a demonstration mission. Its achievements tees NASA up to ferry astronauts consistently to and from the area station aboard the Crew Dragon. “This day heralds a new age of house exploration,” Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, explained in a briefing soon after the splashdown, introducing, “I’m not extremely religious, but I prayed for this just one.”
Right here are the very best images from the start, the astronauts’ time in place, and their fiery plunge back to Earth.