Crew Dragon Safely Aboard Recovery Vessel

Recovery personnel prepare to open the SpaceX Crew Dragon's side hatch.
Recovery personnel prepare to open the SpaceX Crew Dragon’s side hatch. Image credit: NASA TV

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley still inside, has been hoisted onto the deck of the company’s “GO Navigator” recovery vessel.

The Dragon Endeavour shortly after it was hoisted from the Gulf of Mexico on the deck of the SpaceX recovery vessel "GO Navigator."
Dragon Endeavour shortly after it was hoisted from the Gulf of Mexico on the deck of the SpaceX recovery vessel “GO Navigator.” Image credit: NASA TV

Right now, the team is monitoring remnant vapors around the spacecraft and working to purge its service section prior to opening the hatch for the astronauts inside.

Crew Dragon “Endeavour” splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. It is the first time a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft has returned from the International Space Station to complete a test flight, beginning a new era in human spaceflight.

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