34:00 EDT Saturday August 1 / Boing Boing


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NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are set to make the first return to sea in 45 years.

“SpaceX and NASA are aiming at 7:34 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 1 for Crew Dragon and the two astronauts to leave the orbiting lab and return to Earth,” SpaceX tweeted on Friday evening.

From SpaceX, here’s the schedule for NASA and SpaceX to return Crew Dragon Endeavor this weekend.

Excerpt from SpaceX’s announcement regarding the highly anticipated space event:

On Saturday, May 30, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission (Demo-2) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the following day, Crew Dragon docked autonomously with the International Space Station. . This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard the Dragon spacecraft returned manned space flight to the United States.

SpaceX and NASA are now targeting 7:34 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 1 for Crew Dragon to independently detach from the Space Station, with the two astronauts aboard the spacecraft, and return to Earth.

About 19 hours later, after jettisoning its trunk and re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, Dragon descended on one of the seven targeted landing sites off the coast of Florida at 2:42 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 2.

The Demo-2 mission is the latest major milestone for SpaceX’s human space flight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. Once the Demo-2 mission is complete and SpaceX and NASA teams have reviewed all data for certification, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi will participate in the first operational mission. six-month-old Dragon (Crew-1) targeted for late September.

And don’t miss the PA story of the two American astronauts who are about to make the first backwater in 45 years. These heroes say they will absolutely have barf bags handy, water landings can cause nausea.

SpaceX and NASA plan to return Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on Sunday afternoon in the company’s Dragon capsule, targeting the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida Panhandle. Flight controllers are keeping a close watch on Hurricane Isaias, which is expected to remain on Florida’s east coast.

Hurley said if he and Behnken got sick from jumping in the waves while waiting for their recovery, it wouldn’t be the first time for a crew. Astronauts returning in the early 1970s from Skylab, NASA’s first space station, were not feeling well after the splash, Hurley noted. Feeling sick “it’s like that with a landing on water,” he said at the crew’s last press conference from the International Space Station.

This will be SpaceX’s first splashdown with astronauts on board, ending a two-month test flight that began May 30 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – the first launch by a US crew since almost a decade. The capsule has been docked at the space station since May 31, allowing Hurley and Behnken to participate in spacewalks and experiments.

Read the rest of Marcia Dunn’s article to the AP: US astronauts pack their bags for rare splashdown in SpaceX capsule



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