The SpaceX crew, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi returned to earth from International Space Station.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon is NASA’s first-ever Night Ocean landing in more than 50 years which was carrying the crew back to Earth splashed down off Florida at 2:56 a.m. May 2
“There was a point where I was just saying to myself, breath. Inhale, because I felt really heavy — I felt like those cartoons when they experience G and your face is just sagging down,” said American Victor Glover, one of the astronauts in the group called Crew-1.
“I expected it to be so dynamic — and so challenging — that the actual event I think was a little less than what I was expecting, and so it was enjoyable all around,” Glover said.
The weight of acceleration was concentrated in the chest, making it difficult to breathe.
But then, “launch and entry are such unique experiences,” he said.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 which was launched in November 2020 is the first of six crewed missions NASA and SpaceX.
This mission was conducted as per NASA’s contract with SpaceX to launch astronauts into space from US soil, somewhat which has not been promising since 2011
From then to now NASA was required to pay for trips to the ISS aboard Russian Soyuz vessels, which land on dry land
“Landing in the water was interesting because none of us really knew what to expect, but I would say from my standpoint, it felt a little bit softer than landing on land,” said US astronaut Shannon Walker.
“You spend less time under a parachute on the Dragon than you do under the Soyuz,” he said.
Soon, space “tourists” — civilians who are not professional astronauts — will take their places on Dragon.
Mike Hopkins the US astronaut trusts that space travelers will be able to handle the coarse return trips.
After the civilians go through some centrifuge training “it’s not going to be completely unique to them,” he said.
Japanese astronaut Noguchi Soichi has described his return to Earth as coming back to the water planet