Splashdown Of SpaceX Dragon Endeavor With Crew-2 Mission
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Watch the Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft undock from the International Space Station, with four astronauts aboard: Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, and Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Watch as four astronauts board their SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft and prepare for the journey home to Earth, after a mission of over six months on the International Space Station. Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, and Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will say farewell to their fellow crew members on the station and close the Crew Dragon’s hatch, in the video premiered on Nov 9, 2021, “NASA’s SpaceX Crew 2 Returns Home Highlights“, below:
For better understanding of SpaceX Crew-2, please refer to the excerpt from wikipdia, in italics, below:
SpaceX Crew-2 was the second operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the third overall crewed orbital flight of the Commercial Crew Program. The mission was launched on 23 April 2021 at 09:49:02 UTC, and docked to the International Space Station on 24 April at 09:08 UTC.
SpaceX Crew-2 used the same capsule as Crew Dragon Demo-2 (Endeavour) and launched on the same Falcon 9 booster as SpaceX Crew-1 (B1061.1).
The second SpaceX operational mission in the Commercial Crew Program launched on 23 April 2021. The Crew Dragon Endeavour (C206), docked to the International Docking Adapter (IDA) on the Harmony module at its forward port. This mission is the first with astronauts on board with a previously used booster launch vehicle.
All crew are veteran astronauts, though this is Megan McArthur’s first visit to the ISS (as her first spaceflight was STS-125, a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope). Alongside the three other crew members, Megan McArthur is using the same seat of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour in this mission which her husband, Bob Behnken, used on the Demo-2 mission. Akihiko Hoshide will serve as the second Japanese ISS commander during his stay. It is the second mission by Thomas Pesquet to the International Space Station and will be called Alpha, after Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth, following the French tradition to name space missions after stars or constellations.
As preparation for the launch of Starliner, the Crew Dragon Endeavour docked to ISS at Harmony forward port for its Crew-2 mission was undocked at 10:45 UTC and relocated to Harmony zenith port on 21 July 2021, at 11:36 UTC.[a]
With CRS-23, (C208) and Inspiration4 (Resilience), three Dragon spacecraft have been in space during the same period, from 16 to 18 September 2021 (UTC).
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