NASA Astronauts to Discuss SpaceX Crew’s Historic Dragon Test Flight | 2020-08-03 | Press Releases

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WASHINGTON

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Aug 3, 2020

/ PRNewswire / – NASA Astronauts

Robert Behnken

and

Douglas Hurley

will discuss their recently completed SpaceX Demo-2 test flight mission to the International Space Station at a press conference in

4:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday

, August 4.

NASA’s Johnson Space Center press conference in Houston will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

It will be a virtual event with no media presence, due to security restrictions related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Journalists wishing to participate by phone should call Johnson’s newsroom at 281-483-5111 for RSVP no later than 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 4. Those following the briefing on social media can ask questions using the hashtag #AskNASA.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, carrying Behnken and Hurley, descended on 2:48 p.m. Sunday under the parachutes in the Gulf of Mexico, off Pensacola, Floride, and was successfully recovered by SpaceX. After returning to earth, the astronauts immediately returned to Houston, where they were greeted by their families and guests – including the NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and Chief Engineer SpaceX Elon Musk – during a welcome ceremony at home.

NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight launched May 30 of the agency Centre spatial Kennedy in Florida. Nearly 19 hours later, Crew Dragon docked at the forward port of the Harmony module on the International Space Station May 31.

Behnken and Hurley contributed more than 100 hours to science experiments and participated in numerous public engagement events during their 62 days aboard the station. Behnken completed four spacewalks with the commander of Expedition 63 and a colleague from NASA Chris Cassidy to upgrade two power channels on the station trellis with new lithium-ion batteries. In total, the astronaut duo spent 64 days in orbit, completed 1,024 orbits around the Earth and traveled 27,147,284 miles.

This was SpaceX’s last test flight and will provide performance data on the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as on-orbit, docking, mooring and recovery. The data will inform NASA of the certification of the SpaceX crew transport system for scheduled flights carrying astronauts to and from the space station. SpaceX is preparing the equipment for the first rotation mission, which is expected to take place after certification from NASA. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Jr., and Shannon Walker, as good as Soichi Noguchi from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), are assigned to Crew Dragon’s first operational flight and spend six months aboard the station.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program works with the US aerospace industry to develop safe, reliable and cost-effective crew transportation systems that will transport astronauts on US rockets and spacecraft from US soil to the International Space Station , and vice versa. A successful commercial crew program could allow additional research time and increase discovery opportunities aboard humanity’s test bed for exploration, including helping us prepare for human exploration of the Moon and Mars.

Follow updates on the Commercial Crew Program at:

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/

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