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How astronauts describe SpaceX Crew Dragon from space: It was an 'exciting' flight

How astronauts describe SpaceX Crew Dragon from space: It was an 'exciting' flight

its been a couple weeks now since the amazing historic launch what surprised you the most about the journey I think just in general the the biggest surprise probably for both of us was just how different the rocket felt than what we had experienced was shuttle I mean we expected some of that to be different just because it was a liquid-fueled rocket and the shuttle had solid rocket boosters so that was going to be different but it certainly was a great ride it was just different very exciting all in all I would say that was the the first big highlight and then the second one was was getting to Space Station and seeing three smiling faces when we came through the hatch it was just great to see those guys and I think they were happy to see us the gate of you know get a little change of scenery onboard station and a little bit more help now Bob we know you've been busy training for an upcoming spacewalk can you tell us a little bit about what youll be doing during that walk and at this point you know you're a veteran space

How astronauts describe SpaceX Crew Dragon from space: It was an 'exciting' flight

Walker so what is your favorite part about a spacewalk well be changing out all of the batteries on one of the channels on the space station from my perspective having done a few spacewalks and being a veteran I really look forward to the the views of the earth when we get a free moment and this time therell be a dragon vehicle pointed on the forward end of the space station instead of the space shuttle and so Im looking forward to that something new that new view that I can capture and share with the world some might say that the most dangerous part of the mission still lies ahead the journey home and this time you guys wont be landing on a runway when you land back on earth youll be splashing down in the ocean what are you anticipating the ride back home to be like and are you guys at all nervous no I dont think were nervous we watch the demo one flight the test flight the uncrewed test flight and the vehicle performed very well weve seen the inflight abort test and the vehicle performed well again we have full confidence that the vehicle will perform just like its supposed to that being said its a its a completely different entry profile than what we are used to or have been used to in the space shuttle will land in the water as you said well land under parachute its much more dynamic entry therell be much higher Gs and you know thats just part of the unknown as to you know we have prepared for it but we can only prepare so much and well see how the vehicle does and well see how we do when we get back now now says ISS program manager Kirk Shireman is stepping down and this comes after NASAs head of human spaceflight resigned in May how do all of these changes in leadership affect you guys and the other astronauts that are currently living on the International Space Station I think if you look at who is replaced some of those positions youll youll youll see people from within moving up and stepping into those roles and just doing an excellent job and so thats one of the the strengths of an organization like NASA is that we dont rely on a single individual to drive the entire assessment and evaluation and management effort we use a team of individuals to do that and and the team is strong enough to be able to recognize their role in assisting that new leader and coming into their own as they take over the organization '"
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