• NASA will host a news conference for astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley
  • The news conference will be broadcast live through NASA's website
  • The astronauts will discuss details of SpaceX's recent mission

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, the NASA astronauts who operated SpaceX’s successful human test flight using the Crew Dragon capsule, will host a press conference to discuss the details of the mission. The media event will be broadcast live through NASA’s website.

On Sunday, Behnken and Hurley returned to Earth after spending over two months aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts and the Crew Dragon capsule were successfully retrieved by SpaceX after the spacecraft splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.

Their trip was made possible by SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, which has been named Endeavour for the mission. The expedition was lauded as a historic achievement for both SpaceX and NASA as it demonstrated the former’s ability to transport astronauts to the ISS and provide commercial flights to space. For NASA, the mission served as the first time that astronauts were launched from U.S. soil in about a decade.

With Behnken and Hurley now back on Earth, the two astronauts will talk about their experiences and other details related to the recent mission. They will host the discussion through a news conference that will be held on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

The upcoming media event will be broadcast live through NASA Television and the agency’s website. Due to the ongoing health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NASA did not invite members of the media to personally attend the event. Instead, journalists were asked to participate in the upcoming event by telephone.

Aside from Crew Dragon’s flight to and from the ISS, the two NASA astronauts are also expected to talk about the tasks they conducted aboard the massive orbiting station.

During their stay at the ISS, Behnken and Hurley participated in various scientific experiments. They also carried out spacewalks to conduct maintenance tasks on the station.

“Behnken and Hurley contributed more than 100 hours to scientific experiments and participated in numerous public engagement events during their 62 days aboard the station,” NASA stated. “Behnken conducted four spacewalks with Expedition 63 Commander and NASA colleague Chris Cassidy to upgrade two power channels on the station’s truss with new lithium-ion batteries. Overall, the astronaut duo spent 64 days in orbit, completed 1,024 orbits around Earth and traveled 27,147,284 miles.”

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NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Program was the first to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft. Behnken and Hurley returned after spending 64 days in space. NASA/Bill Ingalls