Watch live on Youtube, the SpaceX Crew Dragon falling into the Atlantic Ocean as the astronauts inside it return to Earth.
SpaceX and NASA are preparing to complete their most important joint mission to date. This is the Crew Dragon Demo-2, which is designed to transport people on regular space flights from Earth to the Space Station and back.
The Demo-2 is the first manned mission launched by the United States after the last Space Shuttle mission in 2011. The The first attempt to launch the Crew Dragon Demo-2 was for May 27, but was canceled due to bad weather caused by a tropical storm, 16 minutes and 53 seconds before launch. The second launch attempt was made on May 30, 2020 and was successful.
The spacecraft is now preparing to return from the space station and NASA astronauts have already boarded the Crew Dragon. The descent will take many hours and is expected to be completed late Sunday, at 21:48 Greek time, when they will fall into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
Astronauts Behnken and Hurley will return to Earth in a capsule and that is why they disconnected from the International Space Station early Sunday morning, at 02:00 on the morning of August 2, Greek time. The Crew Dragon capsule will do all the required maneuvering in a fully automated way, as it is designed to do.
SpaceX created Crew Dragon to be fully automated on both takeoff and return to Earth, as well as its approach to the ISS space station.
The Demo-2 capsule along with astronauts Behnken and Hurley is scheduled to fall into the Gulf of Mexico at 9:48 p.m. Greek time, where they will be approached and picked up by the people of SpaceX. This will be the first flight for a non-governmental, commercial spacecraft.
Once the Crew Dragon enters the atmosphere, it will develop its parachutes, which will slow it down to a speed of about 24 kilometers per hour. The reason it requires such a long journey from departure to landing is that the boat has to slow down from the starting speed estimated at around 28.160 km / h, the speed it has when departing from the ISS.
NASA and SpaceX will provide live coverage of the operation, in streaming and streaming you can see it here.