How to watch two NASA astronauts walk home in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule


This afternoon, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are scheduled to begin their journey back to Earth inside SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, ending their historic flight to the International Space Station. If all goes according to plan, the two will be splashing in the Crew Dragon off the west coast of Florida on Sunday afternoon.

Getting back to Earth from orbit is no easy task, and the two astronauts have a long journey ahead of them before returning to solid ground. Once Behnken and Hurley detach from the space station, they will spend the next 18 hours in orbit, slowly receding from the ISS, before plunging into Earth’s atmosphere. It begins a heart-wrenching journey to the surface, as the Crew Dragon endures extreme temperatures of up to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit and slows down from 17,500 miles per hour.


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