NASA targets August 2 splashdown for Crew Dragon astronauts

Weather will drive the actual date. Stay tuned.”
NEWS: We’re targeting an Aug. Astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken aboard the International Space Station. But that’s just part of the process.”

Hurley and Behnken, both shuttle veterans, will splash down in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s east coast at the end of their mission. 1 departure of @SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft from the @Space_Station to bring @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug home after their historic #LaunchAmerica mission. Landing in the water, it’s not ideal. We’ll just do the best we can. … NASA plans to bring them back to Earth on August 2, weather permitting, to close out a two-month test flight. In this image, an unpiloted Crew Dragon paves the way after a test flight in March 2019. 2. Some people do really well, and some people do pretty poorly and then everything in between,” Hurley told CBS News before launch. Splashdown will mark NASA’s first ocean recovery since the Apollo-Soyuz test mission 45 years ago this week. Behnken joined Cassidy for three spacewalks to replace aging batteries in the lab’s solar power system and they have a fourth excursion planned for next Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/VOCV51gzLi— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) July 17, 2020

The weather also will drive the splashdown location. NASA targets August 2 for Crew Dragon splashdown after historic test flight

By William Harwood

July 17, 2020 / 4:13 PM
/ CBS News

Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, who were launched to the International Space Station on May 30 aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, plan to return to Earth on August 2, weather permitting. NASA and SpaceX plan to deploy recovery crews to landing sites in the Gulf of Mexico and off Florida’s East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean. astronauts from American soil since the space shuttle’s final mission in July 2011.They docked with the International Space Station the next day, joining NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. “The one thing I think we’re certain of is water landings (are) going to exacerbate that to some degree. Multiple sites in both areas are available and while weather is historically better in the Gulf at this time of year, no final decisions will be made until shortly before undocking. First published on July 17, 2020 / 4:13 PM “They’ve done that many times at this point, and they’ve recovered those capsules pretty successfully and managed to get the timeline relatively short so that we expect to be back on the ship within an hour of splashdown.”

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NASA targets August 2 splashdown for Crew Dragon astronauts

The astronauts will remain inside the capsule with its hatches closed until the spacecraft is hauled onto the deck of the SpaceX recovery ship. side, splashing down in the water and then being recovered,” Behnken told The Washington Post in a recent interview.”One of the luxuries that we do have is that the SpaceX team brings cargo missions back from the International Space Station,” he said. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine posted a tweet Friday to make the landing target official, warning “weather will drive the actual date. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Wherever they land, Hurley and Behnken will be met by a SpaceX recovery ship and crews trained to quickly haul the capsule on deck and help the astronauts get out as they begin readjusting to gravity after two months in weightlessness. Along with putting the Crew Dragon through its paces, Behnken and Hurley have assisted Cassidy with a full slate of research and maintenance since their arrival. Splashdown is targeted for Aug. Stay tuned. While returning space station crews are familiar with discomfort from the readjustment to gravity, riding in a bobbing capsule, albeit briefly, could make it even tougher.”Everybody’s body is different coming back from space, you know? The pair will descend by parachute to an ocean splashdown to close out a historic 64-day test flight. NASA

“Probably the biggest area of concern is just how long it’s been since humans have done this on the U.S. NASA

Strapped into a Crew Dragon capsule, Hurley and Behnken blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center atop a Falcon 9 rocket on May 30 to kick off the first piloted flight of U.S.