08/01/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/01/2020 15:35
Watch live coverage now on NASA TV and the agency's websiteas undocking preparations are underway for the return of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 test flight with NASA astronauts Robert Behnkenand Douglas Hurleyfrom the International Space Station.
SpaceX and NASA are targeting 7:34 p.m. EDT for Crew Dragon to autonomously undock from the space station, with Behnken and Hurley aboard the spacecraft, and return to Earth. Approximately 19 hours later, after jettisoning its trunk and re-entering Earth's atmosphere, Crew Dragon will splash down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida at 2:48 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 2. The primary splashdown target is Pensacola.
Hurley and Behnken arrived at the orbiting laboratory in the Crew Dragon May 31 following a launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30. This is SpaceX's final test flight and is providing data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, splashdown, and recovery operations.More details about the mission andNASA's commercial crew program can be found in the press kit onlineand by following the commercial crew blog, @commercial_crewand commercial crew on Facebook.