NASA astronauts Bob Bainken and Doug Hurley have revealed they found a bit of fun when SpaceX’s Crew Dragon return capsule successfully splashed in the Gulf of Mexico and waited to be picked up,media reported. The two apparently used a satellite phone on Crew Dragon to make some hoax calls.
Two astronauts made history while traveling to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. A few days ago, they made history again when they splashed off off the coast of Florida. But as the world celebrated their safe return, the astronauts waiting in the sea decided to have some fun waiting for the rescue. Astronauts can use satellite phones when they return to the capsule and stop at sea. They apparently decided to make some phone calls when nothing else could keep them busy.
Hurley revealed in an interview that he and his fellow astronauts made several phone calls in the sea and they enjoyed it. “Five hours ago, we were dangling in a spaceship and making a prank-style satellite phone call to someone we could reach,” Hurley said. “By the way, it’s fun.”
The two called the flight supervisor of the mission, who was no doubt relieved that the two had returned safely to Earth. “I got a call like this at the Flight Director console,” Anthony Vareha wrote on Twitter. I think my answer is ‘yes, I can see’. “
The two astronauts even called Bob Bainken’s wife, Megan MacArthur, a NASA astronaut. Interestingly, the satellite phone was almost unanswered because it was marked as a nuisance call on MacArthur’s phone. “My phone shows ‘harassment phone risk,'” she tweeted. “I’m glad I got it!”
Now that astronauts have safely returned to Earth, Crew Dragon has proved its worth, and nasa will have the opportunity to fully certify it for future use. This means that NASA can use Crew Dragon to send astronauts on official missions, rather than demo test flights as it has done so far.
Until then, NASA has been paying for seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to maintain its presence on the International Space Station. This is not ideal for the space program, which is expensive and relies on another country’s space program means keeping up with their schedules rather than operating independently.