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“Space Dads'” Splashdown Heralds New Era In Space Exploration

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NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley, are pictured having just entered the International Space Station on May 31, 2020, shortly after arriving aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Photo: NASA

Amid the grim headlines over the last few months- one bright spot has been the SpaceX Crew Dragon mission. 

Last weekend the spacecraft splashed down off the coast of Florida with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board, enthralling spectators online- and in person. Some of those spectators on their boats got a bit too close.

The mission marks a triumphant return to human space launches from the US. 

WKMG digital journalist and space reporter Emilee Speck and WMFE space reporter Brendan Byrne joined Intersection to talk more about the mission and the commercial crew program.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »