SpaceX Demo-2 Mission
Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth recently in their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to finish an unprecedented test flight by SpaceX company.
What is the mission?
- The Demo-2 mission was part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and saw astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The craft lifted off from a Falcon 9 rocket, from Florida.
- NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has worked with several American aerospace industry companies to facilitate the development of US human spaceflight systems since 2010, with the aim of developing reliable and cost-effective access to and from the ISS.
Objective of the mission
- The main objective of this program was to make access to space easier in terms of its cost, so that cargo and crew can be easily transported to and from the ISS, enabling greater scientific research.
- Secondly, by encouraging private companies such as Boeing and SpaceX to provide crew transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA can focus on building spacecraft and rockets meant for deep space exploration missions.