SportsX and NASA are now in the final stages of preparing for the end of their Demo-2 Crew Dragon, which will see astronomers Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley depart from the International Space Station back to Earth. Behnken and Hurley presented inside Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s first spacecraft, on May 30 and have been working as part of the station’s crew since then.
Crew Dragon has been scheduled to leave the ISS at 7:34 PM EDT (4:34 PM PDT) tonight, but NASA is planning a day of inclusion including an official departure ceremony starting at 9:10 EDT and that includes Behnken and Hurley according to official that they say goodbye to their ISS colleagues before climbing on the capsule to close it and prepare to leave. The capsule is scheduled to make several hours of voyage back to Earth and head for the Atlantic Ocean at 2: 2 PM EDT (11:42 AM PDT) today.
There are controversial issues to be aware of – especially Hurricane Isaias, which could affect the availability of suitable seas in the ocean, where helpers should be able to safely communicate with the capsule to take Hurley and Behnken. Right now, the weather is going on a mission, but we’ll give you an update if that ever changes.