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SpaceX Crew-1 splashdown: How to watch live as NASA astronauts come home

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Crew-1 Crew Dragon Resilience throughout an ISS port relocation.


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The ISS is a bit crowded proper now with a crew of 11 astronauts and cosmonauts on board. Four of them are scheduled to come home Wednesday as SpaceX’s Crew-1 wraps up its mission.

This would be the second time people have returned to Earth on a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, constructing on the success of the Demo-2 mission in 2020.

NASA TV will carry live protection of the return beginning at 1:45 a.m. PT on Wednesday with the hatch closure as the crew tucks into the Dragon capsule. Undocking is ready for 4:05 a.m. PT and the splashdown is scheduled for 9:40 a.m. PT.

There are seven potential focused landings zones within the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. NASA and SpaceX have narrowed that down to two major spots and can choose the ultimate location on the day of the return primarily based on Crew Dragon’s orbital location, the place the rescue groups are stationed and what the climate is doing again on Earth.

The Crew Dragon capsule — named Resilience — launched in November with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker on board together with Soichi Noguchi of Japan’s area company, JAXA. All 4 will return this week if the schedule holds.

That will nonetheless depart one Crew Dragon docked to the ISS as the Crew-2 mission arrived on the Endeavour spacecraft over the weekend. SpaceX is a part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which had the aim of bringing ISS launches again to US soil. So far, it is going properly.

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