NASA Astronauts Made Prank Calls to Pass the Time During Landing
It's hard to imagine getting bored in space, but hours are hours after all and many people do need some form of mental stimulation.
So you'll forgive the two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who shuttled back down to Earth on Sunday while making prank calls from SpaceX's Crew Dragon Capsule, as per the New York Times.
It's a fun fact that proves that humans will remain humans, even when undertaking a historic event.
Even though the journey was "a lot to process," as per Hurley's comment to the New York Times, the NASA duo passed time "making prank satellite phone calls to whoever we could get a hold of" from SpaceX's Crew Dragon Capsule.
After all, 19 hours is a long time to sit in one place as you land back to Earth.
It's a sweet human touch to a rather un-human-like experience, which removed the astronauts from their known environment: Earth.
The astronauts also joked that SpaceX's CEO, Elon Musk, should foot the bill.
"Five hours ago we were bobbing around in a spacecraft making prank satellite phone calls to whoever we could get ahold of," Doug Hurley said, in one of the best post-landing quotes ever. pic.twitter.com/MhlEW26O1g— Christian Davenport (@wapodavenport) August 2, 2020
Even with all these fun and games, what Behnken and Hurley, as well as the SpaceX and NASA teams, achieved was tremendous. Upon landing on Sunday, SpaceX and NASA's Demo-2 mission came to a close, which also marked the first time a commercial company successfully launched a crew up to the International Space Station (ISS) and back again.
Even Musk was on the tips of his toes with this mission as he told the New York Times "I’m not very religious, but I prayed for this one."
The mission took off on May 30, and after 62 days in space, has landed safely back to Earth. The project is part of the lead up to commercializing crewed missions to space, as well as moving towards sending humans back to the Moon by 2024.
Next up will be NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 launch in 2021, which just announced its four astronauts for the mission.