NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who lately grew to become the primary crew to fly in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, have settled into their new short-term house on board the Worldwide Area Station. Throughout an interview with reporters on Monday (June 8), the astronauts spoke about their first week of actions in orbit and what it was wish to see Earth from house amid protests for racial justice around the globe.
Astronauts Hurley and Behnken launched to the house station throughout SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 mission on Might 30. Throughout an in-flight interview with ABC Information and NBC Information on Monday, Behnken mirrored on how cooperation and understanding make worldwide spaceflight potential.
He additionally spoke concerning the psychological impression of seeing Earth from house, a phenomenon referred to as the overview effect. Throughout spaceflight, various astronauts have reported experiencing the overview impact, describing it as a cognitive shift in consciousness when seeing our planet from a cosmic perspective.
“From an astronaut’s perspective, I think there is a long history of discussing the overview effect and the recognition that our planet is really one that we share and need to understand and work together to both take care of and to fully utilize, and make space for everyone,” Behnken stated within the video.
The Demo-2 astronauts additionally stated that they hope they are often an instance for others and encourage younger youngsters to get entangled in STEM (science, expertise, engineering and math) fields, which Hurley stated typically requires groups working collectively to resolve advanced points.
“The message for us is one of cooperation and understanding,” Behnken stated within the video. “As much as the International Space Station has provided a place for many countries to cooperate and integrate and successfully accomplish science — accomplish the mission of human spaceflight,” he stated, including that success can come from understanding and cooperation.
Since they arrived on the house station on Might 31, Hurley and Behnken have been very busy. The crew has been fixing the treadmill on the orbiting lab and labored on transferring cargo to and from the H-II Switch Automobile 9 (HTV-9), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company’s (JAXA) uncrewed cargo resupply spacecraft that delivered supplies to the house station on Might 25.
Hurley and Behnken are expected to return to Earth in August. Over the subsequent couple of months, the astronauts plan to contribute to varied science initiatives, and Behnken can also be making ready to carry out not less than two spacewalks, on June 26 and July 1, with house station commander Chris Cassidy.
A dinosaur toy named Tremor, chosen by the crew’s youngsters to fly alongside on the Demo-2 mission additionally made an look within the reside interview from the house station. The blue-and-pink sequin toy flew with Behnken and Hurley on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft as a “zero-g indicator.”
“I feel each of our sons had been simply super excited to see the toy that that they had chosen to go on the mission with us,” Hurley stated within the video. “It’s been pretty exciting for them just to see us fly in space.”
The crew additionally shared their expertise flying on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the primary time, and what they’ve discovered to this point throughout this historic Demo-2 mission.