NASA, SpaceX all set for return of astronauts from International Space Station to Earth on August 2

Washington DC: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX teams are all set to convey NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) on August 2.

“Conditions remain “Go” at several of the needed target locations for splashdown and recovery off the Florida coast on Sunday aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour” spacecraft,” talked about NASA on Saturday (August 1, 2020).

They added, “Teams continue to closely monitor Hurricane Isaias and evaluate impacts to the landing sites in the Gulf of Mexico along the Florida Panhandle. Teams have several weather decision milestones ahead of and after undocking to adjust the splashdown location and time based on the forecasted conditions for recovery.”

SpaceX and NASA are specializing in 7:34 PM EDT on August 1 (5:04 AM IST on August 2) for Crew Dragon to autonomously undock from the Space Station with the two astronauts aboard the spacecraft.

After just about eight hours, the Dragon is slated for splash down at one among seven targeted water landing web sites off the coast of Florida at 2:42 PM EDT on August 2 (12:12 am IST on August 3).

The homecoming of Douglas and Robert after larger than two months on the ISS will mark the first return of a commercially constructed and operated American spacecraft carrying astronauts from the home station. 

Earlier on May 30, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

The Crew Dragon autonomously docked to the ISS on May 31. 

NASA mentioned that when the Demo-2 mission is full and the SpaceX and NASA teams have reviewed all the knowledge for certification, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi will fly on Dragon’s first six-month operational mission (Crew-1) scheduled for late September.

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