After a roughly two-month stay on the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on their way home in a history-making SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.
Sunday afternoon, the spacecraft will conduct several maneuvers and burns to position them for a fiery Earth re-entry and eventual 2:48 p.m. splashdown off the coast of Pensacola. From there, SpaceX and Air Force teams will rush to secure Behnken and Hurley, then transport them to an airport for a flight to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Here’s the full Sunday timeline (all times Eastern):
- 1:51 p.m.: Crew Dragon “trunk” separation
- 1:56 p.m.: Deorbit burn
- 2:36 p.m.: Entry process begins; expected loss of signal
- 2:42 p.m.: Re-acquisition of signal
- 2:45 p.m.: Main parachutes deploy
- 2:48 p.m.: Splashdown off the coast of Pensacola
This mission, known as Demo-2, marked the first time in nearly a decade that NASA astronauts launched from U.S. soil to the ISS.
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