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SpaceX Crew-1 Splashdown: How to Watch Live While NASA Astronauts Get Home



Crew-1 Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft

The Crew-1 Crew Dragon Resilience while relocating an ISS port.

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The ISS is currently a bit busy with a crew of 11 astronauts and cosmonauts on board. Four of them are scheduled to return home on Saturday as SpaceX’s Crew-1 completes its mission. NASA originally targeted the return trip on Wednesday, but moved the date to May 1 due to weather issues at the splashdown site.

This is the second time humans have returned to Earth with a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, building on the success of the Demo-2 mission in 2020.

NASA TV will provide live coverage of the return starting Friday at 12:30 p.m. PT, closing the hatch while the crew is inside the Dragon capsule. Coverage for the disconnect is set for Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT and the splashdown is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at 8:46 a.m.PT.

There are seven possible directional landing zones in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. NASA and SpaceX choose the final location based on Crew Dragon’s orbital location, where the rescue teams are stationed, and what the weather is doing on Earth.

The Crew Dragon capsule, called Resilience, launched in November with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker on board, along with Soichi Noguchi from the Japanese space agency JAXA. All four will return this week if the schedule is right.

That will still leave one Crew Dragon in the ISS, such as the Crew-2’s mission has arrived on the Endeavor spacecraft during the weekend. SpaceX is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aimed to return ISS launches to US soil. So far, things are going well.

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