SpaceX and NASA are constantly monitoring the potential tropical cyclone in the Atlantic ocean, ahead of the Crew Dragon splashdown. The NASA astronaut crew onboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, Endeavor, is set to make a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida, on Sunday afternoon.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have finished their historic test flight. For two months, Bob and Doug have made the first orbital trip manned by astronauts, using a commercial spacecraft. The “Launch America” event will finally come to an end which will mark a big success for the Commercial Crew Program.
.@Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken remain "go" for a weekend return to Earth aboard the @SpaceX #CrewDragon. @NASA TV provides briefing update live at 3:30pm ET. More… https://t.co/TLc3zfabTF pic.twitter.com/gcfmIfTdgo
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) July 29, 2020
SpaceX and NASA aims to bring back astronauts in splashdown
The latest SpaceX and NASA collaboration marks a new leap for the NASA Commercial Crew program. Since 2011, the space agency has teamed with US aerospace companies to help launch astronauts on rockets and spacecraft.
According to the official NASA Schedule, on Saturday, August 1, the SpaceX Dragon Demo-2 will conduct a farewell ceremony from the International Space Station (ISS) at 9:10 AM EDT, and undocking from ISS will take place at 5:15 p.m. EDT and the dragon will Splashdown on earth on Sunday, Aug. 22:42 p.m EDT. You can watch live coverage here on sciencenews18/webcast as well as via NASA.
The last splashdown by American astronauts was in July 1975, the Apollo-Soyuz mission, which was part of a US-USSR joint space mission. The incoming splashdown may however not happen soon enough. Because a tropical storm is coming towards the launching station this Sunday. The official weather report shows that the storm is going to be one of the reasons if the launch was to cancel out.
Many astronomers are currently trying to figure out the possibility of whether the launch can happen or not. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley are trying to return to earth as soon as possible. The astronaut splashdown will complete the Crew Dragon Demo 1 mission and will help NASA carry forward the Human crew mission of space.
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