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08/01/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/01/2020 21:27

Spacex Crew Dragon Is on Its Way Home

Crew Dragon has completed all four planned departure burns to begin its journey back to Earth with NASA astronauts Robert Behnkenand Douglas Hurley.

With the spacecraft on its path home, the astronauts will settle in for an eight-hour sleep period. While they're asleep, a six-minute departure phasing burn at 1:48 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 will set the Dragon Endeavour on the proper orbital path to a planned splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.

NASA's live coverageof the crew's return home to Earth continues through the night.

Behnken and Hurley will begin their last day in space at 7:40 a.m. tomorrow.

The Crew Dragon will separate from its trunk and jettison it at 1:51 p.m., followed five minutes later at 1:56 p.m. with the start of the deorbit burn to commit the spacecraft to a trajectory to splashdown at 2:48 p.m.

More details about the return can be found in the Top 10 Things to Know for NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 Returnand the splashdown weather criteria fact sheet.

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.

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