Three humans are orbiting Earth today aboard the International Space Station following the return on Sunday of NASA’s first commercial crew.
Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy and Flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner will stay in space until October. The orbital trio are continuing critical space research benefitting humans on and off the Earth as well as maintaining the orbital lab.
Back on Earth, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are adapting to Earth’s gravity following a two-month mission on the station. Representing NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, duo is the first crew to launch to space and splashdown on Earth inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle.
SpaceX has completed its demonstration mission phase and has already booked two operational Crew Dragon missions. Crew-1 is planned for later this year and Crew-2 is targeted for Spring 2021. Both commercial crew missions will launch four astronauts each to the space station to continue microgravity science.
Russia will launch three Expedition 64 crew members to the station one week before the Expedition 63 crew returns to Earth in October. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will liftoff inside the Soyuz MS-17 crew ship to begin a six-month mission aboard the orbital lab.
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Great for us to watch have been following from the uk
If I could I’d be up there too it’s a great fascination for me I was watching neowise pass over the earth but also the space station flying over too loving it all well done to you all xx
Feliz pelo regresso dos astronautas bem a terra
Para bens Elon musk
Congratulations on the successful mission and the safe return of Doug & Bob ! We were all keyed in from around the world your excitement ( and worry ) same as ours. Seeing the enormity of the whole thing, i realize the immense work the Russians have been doing during the last 10 years standing in and safely ferrying astronauts & cosmonauts & other country’s equivalents back & forth to/from the ISS. Congrats SpaceX and NASA and thank you Russia !
INTERESTING. CONGRATS YET AGAIN BOB BEHNKEN AND DOUG HURLEY. WELCOME BACK.
Thanks for all the info. You tops!!
Congratulations We thank God for safe return