NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken successfully returned to Earth right on schedule Sunday afternoon, splashing down in SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour — the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to take humans to and from orbit — off the Florida coast after two months aboard the International Space Station. The water landing caps a successful test run for NASA and SpaceX, and the government agency will plan to move forward with route SpaceX flights, perhaps as early as late September. Hurley and Behnken have helped usher in a new era of spaceflight for the U.S., one in which NASA will rely on private partners like SpaceX for transportation hardware.

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