Today, Saturday August 1st, a little after 7:30 PM EDT, SpaceX and NASA will continue their most important joint mission to date: Crew Dragon Demo-2. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the two, which hopes to certify a SpaceX spacecraft for regular human spaceflight operations—the Commercial Crew program. The NASA astronauts are making their way back to Earth, and after the multi-hour descent will be splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean making it the first water landing for astronauts in almost 45 years.
The Crew Dragon capsule is able to handle all of the undocking maneuvers thanks to its fully automated capabilities for takeoff, return, and landing. These have been demonstrated in an uncrewed version of the Demo-2 mission.
Follow the splashdown live on SpaceX's YouTube channel:
The onboard astronauts Behnken and Hurley will be splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico at around 2:48 PM EDT. This will bring to a close this historic first mission for a commercial spacecraft that began on May 30th with the launch of the Crew Dragon ‘Endeavour’. The completion of this mission is an important step for SpaceX's goal towards private human spaceflight.
Find out more details on the SpaceX website!