SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Is Ready to Return to Earth

first_imgStay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas After successfully traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) last week, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is ready to return home.On Thursday, the ISS crew closed the Crew Dragon’s hatch at 12:39 p.m. EST. Astronauts packed more than 300 pounds of gear on the capsule to send home and took a few pictures inside the capsule, which initially carried 400 pounds of gear up to the ISS when it arrived on March 3, Space.com reported.The @SpaceX #CrewDragon hatch closed at 12:39 p.m. EST! Next up is undocking from @Space_Station which will take place at approximately 2:30 a.m. EST March 8. pic.twitter.com/Z6EzUeAsgC— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) March 7, 2019Tomorrow, the capsule is scheduled to undock from the ISS at 2:31 a.m. EST. The Crew Dragon’s departure from the ISS will be live-streamed on NASA Live, starting at 2 a.m. EST. The broadcast will resume at 7:30 a.m. EST for those that want to watch the capsule’s landing into the Atlantic Ocean near Florida.Need a recap of the @SpaceX #CrewDragon first flight test so far this week? Here’s a look at what has happened and a look inside the spacecraft itself. Dragon departs @Space_Station on March 8. More on this mission: https://t.co/o5AndPXqcy pic.twitter.com/zjqqPAwBPs— NASA (@NASA) March 7, 2019The Crew Dragon’s journey back to Earth could be the hardest part of the Demo-1 Mission. If everything goes according to plan, the capsule will engage its parachutes and float to touch down on the Atlantic Ocean, where a ship will obtain it and return it to the mainland. The test flight, which was designed to prove that the Crew Dragon was safe enough to transport astronauts, will have to master a smooth descent on Friday morning.Coming up: @SpaceX #CrewDragon hatch closing ahead of departure from the @Space_Station begins on NASA TV at 12:15 p.m. EST. The hatch will close at approximately 12:25 p.m. EST. Watch it live: https://t.co/YeWrpz41EN pic.twitter.com/fmnLj9gNWl— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) March 7, 2019After this test flight and landing, the Crew Dragon will have to undergo an emergency abort system test, which is expected to take place in June, CNN reported. Following that, its first crewed mission, which will bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS, is scheduled for July, according to NASA’s Launch Schedule online.The Crew Dragon capsule’s homecoming can be live-streamed on NASA Live and for more updates on the Demo-1 Mission, visit SpaceX’s website.More on Geek.com:SpaceX’s Cute ‘Zero-G Indicator’ Sells Out After Space Debut SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to Space Station SpaceX, NASA Launch Crew Dragon on Crucial Test Flight to Space Stationlast_img

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