SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 Splashdown

Splashdown: NASA and SpaceX are ready to land the both ISS astronauts on the Ocean today, here how to watch?

SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 Splashdown
NASA Astronauts awaits splashdown soon as SpaceX Crew Dragon leaves the ISS

Two NASA astronauts who took the first commercial trip to the orbit have successfully left the International Space Station and will be arriving home back on Earth very soon on SpaceX’s vehicle. Robert Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley have traveled to the space station in May on board the Crew Dragon capsule built by SpaceX, the private aerospace company built by Elon Musk.

The Crew Dragon already undocked from the International space station at 7:35 PM Eastern time on Saturday, with brief thruster firings pushing the spacecraft back. This marks the completion of the Demo-1 mission which is a part of the Human crew mission from NASA.

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NASA Astronauts head towards splashdown today in SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2

NASA and SpaceX have seven splashdown sites in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, but the track of the storm ruled out the three in the Atlantic.

In a recent conference, Robert Behnken said that the ground teams are watching the weather conditions more closely than the astronauts themselves.

At re-entry, the Crew Dragon traveled at about 17,500 miles per hour. Two small parachutes will deploy at an altitude of 18,000 feet when the spacecraft has already been slowed by Earth’s atmosphere to about 350 miles per hour. The four main parachutes deploy at an altitude of about 6,000 feet.

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You can watch the live landing of Crew Dragon Demo-2 here now and see the entire event live online. The spacecraft will be landing in the Gulf of Mexico if the weather allows or else the landing will be in a different zone. The splashdown is scheduled for 2:48 pm EDT today as Astronauts wake up for their last lap to earth.

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