This is the second time humans have returned to Earth with a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, building on the success of the.
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,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 theduring 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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