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SpaceX, NASA extend return to Earth of Crew-2 astronauts on Dragon spaceship

The four astronauts of NASA and SpaceX's Crew-2 mission pose inside their Crew Dragon Endeavour before leaving the International Space Station. They are: ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (front left); NASA astronaut Megan McArthur (back left); NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough (back right); and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.

The four astronauts of NASA and SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission pose internal their Crew Dragon Endeavour sooner than leaving the Global Home Role. They are: ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (front left); NASA astronaut Megan McArthur (help left); NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough (help correct); and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.
(Image credit ranking: ESA/Thomas Pesquet via Twitter)

SpaceX and NASA gain pushed help the return to Earth of four astronauts on the Global Home Role to slack Monday (Nov. 8) because of noxious weather at their splashdown space. 

The astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission for NASA will now undock from the place place of residing Monday afternoon at 2: 05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT) — a day later than deliberate — and splash down that night off the Florida fly at 10: 33 p.m. EST (0333 GMT). You would possibly perchance behold all of it dwell right here and on the homepage, courtesy of NASA TV, foundation at 11: 45 a.m. EST (1645 GMT). 

Beforehand, the astronauts had deliberate to head away the place of residing Sunday afternoon for a Monday morning splashdown. They’re going to now gain to lend a hand a further day to manufacture the time out. “Mission groups made up our minds to regulate the Sunday, Nov. 7, undocking following a deliberate weather overview exhibiting excessive winds contemptible for restoration advance the splashdown zone within the Gulf of Mexico,” NASA officers wrote in a assertion slack Saturday. 

Stay updates: SpaceX’s Crew-2 and Crew-3 astronaut missions

The SpaceX Crew-2 splashdown will return NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur to Earth alongside Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Home Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The four place vacationers launched to the Global Home Role on their Crew Dragon Endeavour in April and ought to clean gain spent 199 days in place by the purpose they return.

Crew Dragon Endeavour is anticipated to splash down at in actual fact one of seven various blueprint sites off Florida’s fly in both the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX and NASA will prefer a major and alternate space quickly sooner than touchdown, NASA officers gain talked about. On Saturday, NASA officers talked about they’d likely now not insist the closing splashdown decision except after touchdown because of security concerns.

“NASA and SpaceX carefully coordinate with the U.S. Soar Guard to set a security zone around the anticipated splashdown location to be determined security for the final public and for these pondering about the restoration operations, moreover the crew aboard the returning spacecraft,” NASA officers wrote in a assertion. That security protocol became as soon as wished after private boats swarmed SpaceX’s first crewed pill throughout restoration operations for its Demo-2 mission in August 2020.

The Crew-2 mission is SpaceX’s third human spaceflight for NASA and the 2nd of six crewed missions for the company under a multibillion-dollar contract with the company’s Business Crew program. The firm is moreover making ready to begin its next crewed flight for NASA, a four-person mission called Crew-3, which has been delayed by noxious weather and a minor scientific scenario with in actual fact one of its four crewmembers. 

The Crew-3 astronauts are in actuality scheduled to begin no sooner than Wednesday, Nov. 10, from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Home Heart in Florida. Liftoff is determined for 9: 03 p.m. EST (0403 GMT). 

The Crew-3 mission will birth NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Home Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer on a six-month mission to the Global Home Role.

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Tariq Malik

Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the personnel in 2001 as a employees author, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and place science. He became’s Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Ahead of joining, Tariq became as soon as a employees reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is moreover an Eagle Scout (certain, he has the Home Exploration advantage badge) and went to Home Camp four instances as a teen and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism levels from the University of Southern California and New York University. To eye his most smartly-liked mission, it is probably you’ll perhaps discover Tariq on Twitter.

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