NASA, SpaceX prepare to bring back astronauts from ISS on August 2
New Delhi : The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA) and SpaceX teams are all set to bring back the astronauts from International Space Station (ISS) to earth 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," said 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."
The scientists from NASA and SpaceX are targeting 7:34 PM EDT on August 1 (5:04 AM IST on August 2) to undock the Crew Dragon from International Space Station with two astronauts - Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley – on board.
Almost after 8 hours of undocking, the Crew Dragon is supposed to land on one of the seven targeted water landing sites off the coast of Florida at 2:42 PM EDT on August 2 (12:12 am IST on August 3).
This will be the first time when astronauts will return on Earth in a commercially built and operated American spacecraft.
The Crew Dragon autonomously docked to the ISS on May 31.