Foreign Affairs
Two US astronauts to return to earth today

US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are expected to land in the sea off the Florida coast later today, having left the space station earlier aboard the Dragon Endeavour capsule.

If the astronauts make it back without any problems, this will mean that once again the US has a way of putting people into space and bringing them back again, after the country had withdrawn these shuttles in 2011.

Hurley and Behnken had left for the space station at the end of May via a Falcon-9 rocket, on a mission coordinated by NASA and the SpaceX company.

NASA will not continue to use its own transport for travel to low terrestrial orbits, but will instead start purchasing these services from third parties, with SpaceX being the first company to offer this service.