SpaceX mission: Astronauts prepare to board Crew Dragon from the ISS

Believed to be capsule C207 the Crew Dragon spacecraft

Sunday August 2 NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will splashdown on the Space X Dragon Endeavor, and Space Center Houston will host a watch party of the live stream starting at 10am. Launch and rendezvous went flawlessly, "so we expect nothing different for the splashdown", he said. "We have plenty of opportunities here in August, and we're in no hurry".

New Agency AP reported that the astronauts will have seasick bags ready to use if needed.

For example, if the track of the hurricane shifted unexpectedly and made it impossible to land, the astronauts could remain in orbit until the storm passed and seas calmed. Hurley helped the spacewalkers from inside.

The crewmates added they were looking forward to going home after two months, if the return trip went ahead Sunday as planned. We don't control the weather, and we know we can stay up here longer.

Wrapping up a historic mission that marked the return of USA -launched manned space travel, two astronauts who flew to the International Space Station in a capsule built and launched by Hawthorne-based SpaceX are scheduled to begin their trip home Saturday.

The astronauts will come home in the same SpaceX Dragon capsule that took them up on May 30. It was the final flight of the Apollo spacecraft.

"Just like on an airliner, there are bags if you need them". We'll probably have some towels handy, as well.

Hurley said if he and Behnken get sick while bobbing in the waves awaiting recovery, it won't be the first time for a crew.

The landing target will be on the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida's Panama City, halfway between the cities of Tallahassee and Pensacola.

NASA has selected seven potential sites off the east and west coasts of Florida for the Dragon's return. "Crew Dragon will be traveling at orbital velocity prior to reentry, moving at approximately 17,500 miles per hour". The re-entry will create a communications blackout, expected to last about six minutes.

NASA wants six weeks between the splashdown and the launch of the next Dragon crew, for capsule inspections and reviews. The recovery vessel is expected to secure the astronauts within an hour. Hoping to galvanize a commercial space marketplace, NASA awarded almost $8 billion to SpaceX and Boeing Co collectively in 2014 to develop dueling space capsules, experimenting with a contract model that allows the space agency to buy astronaut seats from the two companies.

That mission will launch four astronauts - Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi - to the space station, sometime in late September.

Hurley and Behnken, both veterans of Space Shuttle missions, boarded the orbiting space lab May 31 following the eagerly-anticipated launch of the Demo-2 mission from Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. There have been no launches since 2011, and American astronauts went into space from Russia's Soyuz rockets.

Behnken, 49, and Hurley, 53, have been astronauts since their selection in 2000.



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