NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley Return to Earth with Successful Splashdown

Splashdown of Dragon Crew

NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have returned to Earth with a successful splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on Sunday afternoon.

Behnken emerged first from the capsule and gave a thumbs-up. Hurley followed.  It was the first splashdown for astronauts since July of 1975 at the end of the Apollo-Soyuz mission.

NASA Astronaut Bob Behnken emerges from Dragon after splashdown near Pensacola – NASA photo

Behnken and Hurley who made the historic SpaceX launch last May, returned to Earth and were in communication prior to emerging from the capsule and being moved to a medical facility area. 

The team executed a series of purges and started with egress shortly after the vessel was hoisted aboard the recovery ship.  A stretcher was implemented as standard procedure to bring the astronauts to the medical tent easily.

Dragon hoisted aboard ship

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, named Endeavour, splashed down at 2:48 p.m. ET.

“Welcome back to Earth,” SpaceX posted on social media. “Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed! Welcome back to Earth.”