Astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew-1 Dragon capsule are scheduled to return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) early Sunday.
NASA and SpaceX postponed two crews now due to severe weather conditions. The four astronauts were initially scheduled to return on Wednesday after a sixth month of operations.
“SpaceX and NASA targeted Saturday, May 1at 8:35 p.m. EDT … for Dragon to automatically unlock from [ISS] And splashed off the coast of Florida on Sunday, May 2, around 2:57 p.m. EDT… completed the first six months of operations at the station, ”a statement on the SpaceX website read.
The decision to delay the landing of the crew was the second since Wednesday. “Following a forecast of the weather forecast in the splash zone off the coast of Florida predicting wind speeds above the return threshold,” a blog post on NASA’s website reads.
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“The Dragon crew is in good health aboard the space station and the team now predicts optimal conditions for both the splash and weekend recovery,” the blog post stated.
NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, left the Kennedy Space Center on November 15, when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft and arrived. The International Space Station on Nov. 17.
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“Gratitude, the connection,” Glover wrote in a tweet Friday on his 45th birthday. “I was full of these feelings and was inspired by these feelings on my birthday when. My first mission into space has ended.This orbiting laboratory is a true testament to what we can do when we work together as a team.Crew-1 is ready for the journey home! “
Astronauts will return to Cape Canaveral and Houston upon landing and the Dragon Capsule. “It will be inspected and refurbished for future human space flight missions,” according to SpaceX.
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The reusable capsule can carry up to seven passengers and is the first private spacecraft ever to take humans to the International Space Station.SpaceX has worked with NASA to create a reusable launch system. Which can send humans and goods into space
Viewers can stream the astronaut’s Return to Earth on the SpaceX website, NASA website, NASA television, and the NASA app.
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“This will be the first night splash of a US crewed spacecraft since Apollo 8 returned to the Pacific on December 27, 1968 with NASA astronaut Frankborn. “Man Jim Lowell and Bill Anders” stated a NASA blog post.
Crew-1 is the first of six NASA-SpaceX missions aimed at launching astronauts from American rockets on American soil, according to NASA.