4 Astronauts Rode In The Crew Dragon & Made Their Splashdown On Sunday Morning
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SpaceX and NASA are targeting Saturday, May 1 at 8:35 p.m. EDT, or 00:35 UTC on May 2, for Dragon to autonomously undock from the International Space Station (ISS) and splashdown off the coast of Florida on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at approximately 2:57 a.m. EDT, 6:57 UTC, completing its first six-month operational mission to the Station. A series of departure burns will move Dragon away from the orbiting laboratory, followed by the vehicle jettisoning the trunk to reduce weight and mass to help save propellant for the deorbit burn. Once complete, Dragon will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and deploy its two drogue and four main parachutes in preparation for a soft water landing. Aboard the spacecraft will be NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who flew to the space station on Dragon six months ago when Falcon 9 launched the spacecraft from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Upon splashdown, the Dragon and the astronauts will be quickly recovered and returned to Cape Canaveral and Houston respectively. Once the mission is complete, Dragon will be inspected and refurbished for future human spaceflight missions, in the video published on May 1, 2021, “Crew-1 Mission | Return“, below:
Four astronauts are on their way home. Join us for the final leg of their journey from the International Space Station back to Earth, as the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience re-enters Earth’s atmosphere and splashes down at about 2:57 a.m. EDT (6:57 UTC) Sun., May 2, in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Aboard the Crew Dragon are NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). This will be the first night splashdown of a U.S. crewed spacecraft since Apollo 8’s predawn return in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 27, 1968, with NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, in the video published on May 2, 2021, “NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission Splashes Down”, below:
See the first NASA nighttime splashdown since 1968. The SpaceX Crew 1 has returned to Earth safely from the International Space Station. Watch a recap of it right here, in the video published on May 2, 2021, “Watch SpaceX Crew 1 Nighttime SPLASHDOWN!“, below:
The SpaceX Crew-1 Dragon Resilience is scheduled to make its return back to Earth on May 2nd 2021, in the video published on May 1, 2021, “Full Return Home Coverage of SpaceX Crew-1 Dragon“, below:
The Crew-1 astronauts have depart the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon capsule. Weather permitting, they are headed for the first night time splash down for a US spacecraft since Apollo 8 in 1968. The capsule is due to make a gentle splashdown at 2:57 a.m. EDT (0657 GMT) in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Panama City, Florida, in the video published on May 1, 2021, “Watch live as the Crew-1 Astronauts return to Earth“, below:
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