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SpaceX’s first crewed mission is headed back to Earth. Here’s every step that must go perfectly for 2 NASA astronauts to come home safely.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley practicing a full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 19.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley practicing a full simulation of launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 19.

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Two NASA astronauts are currently orbiting Earth in a SpaceX spaceship and about to embark on a fiery fall through the atmosphere, into the ocean.

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first people to fly SpaceX’s brand-new spaceship, the Crew Dragon, on May 30. It was the first crewed launch from American soil since July 2011 and the first-ever launch of a commercial spacecraft with humans inside. The ship docked to the International Space Station

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NASA is offering up to $20,000 to anyone who can design a better space toilet for astronauts sent to the moon

NASA doesn't want more bulky space diapers or big shuttle toilets — so the agency is asking for some help designing its new toilet for astronauts going to the moon.
NASA doesn’t want more bulky space diapers or big shuttle toilets — so the agency is asking for some help designing its new toilet for astronauts going to the moon.

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  • NASA needs a new toilet for going to the moon — one that will work for all astronauts and function both in microgravity and on the lunar surface.

  • The agency is crowdsourcing ideas for the toilet with a “Lunar Loo” challenge. The top prize is $20,000.

  • Historically, most space toilets have been little more than a bag and a hose with a vacuum.

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NASA calculated how risky SpaceX’s first launch of humans could be, and the astronauts flying the space mission say they’re ‘really comfortable’ with those odds

The NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley during a dress rehearsal on Saturday ahead of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.
The NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley during a dress rehearsal on Saturday ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.

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  • SpaceX is preparing to fly its first humans to orbit aboard a new Crew Dragon spaceship.

  • The Demo-2 mission, as it’s called, is a high-stakes test flight of the astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station.

  • The mission on Friday passed a critical NASA safety review, teeing up the astronauts to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

  • NASA told Business Insider it estimated

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